Ian’s Legal Fact of the Week 11/6/17: Susan B. Anthony Votes

On November 6, 1872, prominent social activist Susan B. Anthony cast a vote for president. She was later found guilty of illegal voting and fined $100. At the time of her conviction in federal court, she stated “I shall never pay a penny of your unjust penalty”, and the presiding judge chose not to have her held in custody likely so as to prevent her from appealing to the Supreme Court. She and Elizabeth Cady Stanton drafted a proposed 16th Amendment granting women the right to vote, often known as the “Anthony Amendment“, in 1878. It was not submitted to the states for ratification until 1919, and was ultimately ratified as the 19th Amendment in 1920, fourteen years after her death.

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