Synopsis of Voting Requirements from the Constitution of 1901:

The applicant must:
1. have resided in Alabama for two years, his county for one year and his ward for three months;
2. have paid a poll tax of $1.50, retroactive to 1901 or to the year when voting age was reached on or before February 1 in the election year;
3. own real or personal property worth $300 or more or forty acres of land on which the taxes had been paid; (The assets of the wife could be used for the voter, if necessary.)
4. be able to read and write any article in the constitution in English to the satisfaction of the registrars;
5. have been engaged in a lawful business for the previous year;
6. have been free of conviction of crime.

Additionally, until January of 1903, a man who met the age, residence and poll tax requirements could register to vote for life provided that he had been in the army or navy in previous wars. This provision was also extended to those who were descendants of sailors or soldiers. Also, the vote was extended to those men who exhibited good character and understood the duties of citizenship.

William Warren Rogers, Robert David Ward, Leah Rawls Atkins and Wayne Flynt, Alabama: The History of a Deep South State (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1994), p. 347. ____________________________________________________________________________
Revised: September 22, 2006