Election 1940: Indiana Bars Communists From Vote (10-8-40)


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The Pittsburgh Press (October 8, 1940)

INDIANA BARS REDS
Indianapolis, Oct. 8 –

The State Board of Election Commissioners today decide to ban the Communist Party from the ballot in the November 5 elections because the board believes the party advocates overthrow of the government by force and because signatures on its petition were ruled invalid.


#2

Is this The Smith Act at work?


#3

Most definitely, though somewhat shady.