1924 October 17

Democrats Accuse Republicans of Coercing Votes of Federal Employees


Democratic Party leaders on this day accused the Republican Party of intimidating and coercing federal employees to vote for Republicans. Officials of the National Revenue Bureau (forerunner to today’s IRS) was accused of including in mailings to tx payers crediting a recent tax reduction of President Calvin Coolidge and Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon.

Another accusation was that African-American postal workers in Indianapolis were warned that if they did not vote and vote for Republican they would lose their jobs. Reportedly, all 150 African-American letter carriers were told directly to “get right on the Republican ticket.”

Learn more: Alexander Keyssar, The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in America (2000)

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