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Amelia (Turner) Leer (1852-1915) withdraws from election in pivotal time.

Amelia (Turner) Leer (1852-1915) withdraws from election in pivotal time. -
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Female heads of Kentucky households had been allowed to vote in elections deciding taxes and local boards since 1838. According to Michigan State History Dept., “fear of an organized bloc of Lexington's African-American women registered to vote for school board members in the Republican Party” led the state legislature to revoke this partial suffrage in 1902. Leer considered a 1904 run. The right was restored in 1912, with added proviso (just for women) requiring a "literacy" test.

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The Bourbon News
Paris, Kentucky
05 Jan 1904, Tue  •  Page 8
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