From registrars who resigned their posts rather than register members of the fairer sex and husbands who refused to pay their wives' poll taxes, to (defeated) efforts in several states to return to nomination-by-caucus and mandate repeat registration (for new voters only), to multi-ballot-box systems and vote-by-scratch-through rules, it is an inventory that rivals V. O. Key's examination of such practices later in the century. At the state and local levels, (white) women not only registered and voted with surprising frequency, but they achieved important policy successes, including the establishment of mothers' pensions, the rejection of child labor, the adoption of more equitable property and custody laws, and expanded funding for education and social services.
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