Written by: Andrew Lundeen
Primary Source: The Special Collections Provenance Project at MSU, August 18, 2015
The 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified on this day (August 18) in 1920, finally granting American women the right to vote. But the battle over women’s suffrage was fought first in the legislatures and courts of individual states, and with the passage of time it can be easy to forget just how uphill of a battle it really was.
This ephemeral practice ballot for Michigan’s (successful!) 1918 vote on women’s suffrage was found stuck between the pages of an English grammar textbook in our stacks. It instructs voters how to go about marking their ballots – conveniently showing them how to vote NO if they “desire to vote against Woman Suffrage.” No bias there, of course.