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"Legislative committee--General Assembly, undated", Item 002

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A BILL Extending the right of suffrage to women; assessing a State capitation tax on certain women residents of Virginia; and prescribing the qualifications of women entitled to vote for members of the General Assembly and all officers elective by the people; and the manner in which women may register and vote; also providing when this act shall take effect. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia, as follows: Sec. 1. In addition to the male persons who are or may be qualified under the Constitution and laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia to vote for members of the General Assembly and all officers elective by the people, every female citizen of the United States, twenty-one years of age, who has been a resident of the State two years, of the county, city or town one year, and of the precinct in which she offers to vote thirty days next preceding the election in which she offers to vote, has been registered, and has paid her State poll taxes as hereinafter required, shall be entitled to vote for members of the General Assembly and all officers elective by the people; but removal from one precinct to another in the same county, city or town shall not deprive any woman of her right to vote in the precinct from which she has moved, until the expiration of thirty days after such removal. Sec. 2. After this act shall become effective, every female citizen of the United States, having the qualifications of age and residence required in the preceding section of this act, shall be entitled to register, provided: First: If she offers to register in the year in which this act becomes effective, has personally paid to the proper officer one dollar and fifty cents in satisfaction of the poll tax assessed or assessable against her for the next succeeding year, or if she offers to register in the year succeeding the year in which this act becomes effective, has personally paid the State poll tax assessed or assessable against her for that year; or if she offers to register in the second year succeeding the year in which this act becomes effective, has personally paid all State poll taxes assessed or assessable against her for the preceding year; or if she offers to register in the third year succeeding the year in which this act becomes effective, has personally paid all State poll taxes assessed or assessable against her for two years next preceding the year in which she offers to register; or if she offers to register in the fourth year succeeding the year in which this act becomes effective, or thereafter, has personally paid all State poll taxes assessed or assessable against her under this act for the three years next preceding that in which she offers to register; or if she come of age at such time that no poll tax shall have been assessable against her for the year preceding the year in which she offers to register, has personally paid one dollar and fifty cents in satisfaction of the first year's poll tax assessable against her, and, Second: That, unless physically unable, she make application to register in her own hand-writing, without aid, suggestion, or memorandum, in the presence of the registration officers, stating therein her name, age, date and place of birth, residence and occupation at the time and for two years next preceding, and whether she has previously voted, and if so, the state, county, and precinct in which she voted last, and; Third: That she answer on oath and all questions affecting her qualifications as an elector, submitted to her by the officers of registration, which questions, and her answers thereto, shall be reduced to writing, certified by the said officers, and preserved as a part of their official records. Sec. 3. Any person registered under the foregoing provisions of this act shall have the right to vote for members of the General Assembly and all officers elective by the people, subject to the following conditions: That she shall as a prerequisite to the right to vote after this act becomes effective, personally pay at least six months prior to the election: all State poll taxes assessed or assessable against her under