Voting and the Military: Gaining Access Through Service
Since the Revolutionary War, people have argued that anyone who has served and was willing to die for their country deserved the right to vote.
Setting the Stage
Voting rights have been won in a variety of different, sometimes backdoor ways. For instance, an African American person could “earn” the right to vote by serving in the military. Sometimes these earned rights were permanent, but, depending on the state in which a person lived, they might also be taken away.
Soldiers Approaching Omaha Beach on D-Day, WWII