The history of voting in America is a story of ever increasing voting rights. The rules for eligibility have changed substantially since America's founding and continue to change today.
Absentee voting provides a means for qualified voters to participate in upcoming elections even though they may not be able to go to the polls on Election Day. Although absentee voting is gaining popularity nationwide, the means of voting an absentee ballot has been an important part of the election procedure since it was used in colonial times as early as the 17th century.
The Effect of War on Absentee Voting
The Civil War produced a situation where absentee voting was used extensively for the first time in the United States. After the War, most of the absentee voter laws were repealed. They were reinstated during WWI and by the passage of the Soldier Voting Act during WWII. Absentee voting has long and noble tradition. In today's fast paced society, it is a necessary and positive alternative for the voters of Scotland County.