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For President.

For the first time in the history of this country an opportunity for women to publicly express their choice for president is offered. The method is unique and will result in showing on Nov. 4th just what effect the woman's vote will have on national affairs.

A manufacturer who has business relations with most of the prominent newspapers in the United States, proposes the plan as follows:

All women over 18 are entitled to one vote. The votes by States will be shown in the papers every week until Nov. 4th. Women are requested to read more than one side of the question and act upon their own judgment. Write the name of candidate on a postal card and write your own name and address clearly, also city and State. On the lower left hand corner give the name of a banker or grocer who knows you.

This precaution is to prevent flooding the mail with fictitious votes. Names unknown to grocer or banker will be thrown out. Be very careful to write clearly and an acknowledgment of the receipt of each vote will be sent to the fair voter. Send the postal to Postum Cereal Food Coffee Co., Battle Creek, Mich. It is urged that every earnest women will not hesitate to expend a penny to register her preference at this most interesting period of national history.

This company has a national reputation and pledges its integrity and honor to report the vote exactly as received, without fear or favor. A sworn statement of the final vote polled up to 7 p.m. Nov. 4th, will be published Nov. 7th, and the vote as it progresses will be shown every week between now and then.

(c) Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield MA. All rights reserved.
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There is currently no available "Beginner" label. The following is the default level label: Women in the United States had been actively seeking the vote since the 1848 Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York. Women were given the vote in Colorado in 1893, and in both Utah and Idaho in 1896. That same year, a method for showing what effect women's votes would have on the presidential election was proposed by the Postum Cereal Food Company. Women would write the name of their candidate on a postcard, have their name and address verified by either a banker or grocer, and send the postcard to the Postum Company in Battle Creek, Michigan. The votes would be tallied weekly and printed in newspapers across the country, with the final results published on November 7.


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Women Vote article published in Gazette and Courier

publisher   Greenfield Gazette and Courier
date   Oct 17, 1896
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
width   2.75"
height   5.5"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L04.142

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