Oklahoma Education Qualifications to Vote, State Question 17 (August 1910)

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The Oklahoma Education Qualifications to Vote Amendment, also known as State Question 17, was on the August 2, 1910 ballot in Oklahoma as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure granted the right to vote to anyone who was entitled to vote prior to January 1, 1866. The measure also granted the right to vote to any person who resided in a foreign country, or a descendant of such person only under the condition that they were able to read and write.[1]


In 1915, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the measure as unconstitutional in Guinn & Beal v. United States.

Election results

Oklahoma State Question 17 (August 1910)
OverturnedotOverturned Case:Guinn & Beal v. United States 238 U.S. 347 (1915)
Yes 135,443 56.05%

Election results via: Oklahoma Secretary of State

Text of measure

The text of the measure can be read here.

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