GI Voting in WWII photograph collection, 1944  PDF

Overview of the Collection

GI Voting in WWII photograph collection
1944 (inclusive)
5 photographic prints (1 folder) ; 8 x 10 in.
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This collection contains five photographs of GI's voting during World War II
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries’ Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials Curator required to view originals. Contact Special Collections for more information.

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Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

In WWII, the right of service men and government personnel serving outside of their home states to vote came into question. State-operated absentee-voting systems were inadequate because they did not reach every service member in every regiment around the world. State ballots were sometimes bulky and took up precious space in the cargo hold of a supplies plane or truck. They often did not reach the voters or home offices in time for the vote to count.

The 1943 Green-Luca bill was a proposed amendment to the laws already in place. It called for the establishment of a Federal War Ballot Commission. This commission would create and distribute federal ballots to those serving overseas. These ballots would only have the Presidential, Vice Presidential, and Congressional candidates, making them thinner and easier to transport. They would be sent as early as possible to ensure timely return. This bill was not adopted as it was presented. The heads of the Army and Navy departments thought it was a great idea, but many felt it took away rights that belonged to the states.

Therefore, in 1944, each state had to prove they had sufficient absentee-voting practices in place and ratify the revised bill by July of that year. In order for a service member to vote, he or she had to apply for a state ballot by September 1, 1944, and meet the voting requirements of his or her state. This made it possible for some states to maintain their practice of testing those who registered to vote. It was a big issue for the presidential election because there were those who wanted to ensure Franklin D. Roosevelt did not win for a fourth time. However, the votes of the service members did little to sway the outcome of the election.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection consists of photographs of military service men and women voting during World War II.

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  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)