1940 October 13

Ten States Bar Communist Party from the Ballot in November 1940 Elections


Ten states, it was reported on this day, had barred the Communist Party from appearing on the ballot in the fall 1940 elections. See the protests of the efforts to keep the Communist Party and other political groups off the ballot by the ACLU, on July 31, 1940, and by the National Lawyers Guild on September 11, 1940. California barred the Communist Party from the ballot on September 22, 1940.

Longstanding anti-Communist feeling was accentuated by the fact that, in August 1939, Joseph Stalin signed a non-aggression pact with Adolph Hitler. Within days, the pact paved the way for the German invasion of Poland and the beginning of World War II in Europe. The anti-Communist movement was far less intense by the 1944 election because, by then, Hitler had broken his pact and invaded the Soviet Union, resulting in the Soviet Union becoming a major U.S. ally in the war against Hitler.

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