Suffrage in 1876

Article VI, Section 1 of the Texas Constitution originally read:

The following classes of persons shall not be allowed to vote in this State, to wit:
First–Persons under twenty-one years of age. [Amended by US. Constitutional Amendment in 1971]
Second–Idiots and lunatics. [changed to “persons who have been determined mentally incompetent by a court”]
Third–All paupers supported by any county. [Deleted 1997]
Fourth–All persons convicted of any felony, subject to such exceptions as the Legislature may make.
Fifth–All soldiers, marines and seamen, employed in the service of the army or navy of the United States. [Removed: November 1954]

So, some of the ideas from 1876 were so good.


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