Ballots for Bullets? Disabled Veterans and the Right to Vote

Rabia Belt

Stanford Law School

August 7, 2014

Over 100,000 veterans lived in a government-funded home after the Civil War. Despite sacrificing their bodies for the preservation of the nation, these veterans lost the right to vote. This disfranchisement challenges the conventional wisdom that disabled veterans occupied a privileged position in society, politics, and law. Instead, their disability status trumped their military history, and they became part of a set of dependent, disabled people rendered placeless and vote-less by state law.

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Keywords: disability, legal history, state law, military

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Date posted: August 16, 2014 ; Last revised: September 20, 2014

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Belt, Rabia, Ballots for Bullets? Disabled Veterans and the Right to Vote (August 7, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2477562

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Rabia Belt (Contact Author)
Stanford Law School ( email )
Stanford Law School
Palo Alto, CA California 94304
United States
7343087252 (Phone)
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