Huron, S.D. South Dakota Universal Franchise League, [n.d., but very likely 1916]. Printed handbill, 8 x 4.5 inches. Minor overall toning. Very good. Item #2572
A rare pro-suffrage flyer produced by the South Dakota Universal Franchise League urging men to vote yes on a ballot measure in South Dakota that would give women the right to vote. The flyer is written as a series of rhetorical questions and sometimes answers on women's suffrage as posed from one man to another. The first example reads, "Between Ourselves Can men represent women at the polls? No man votes for another man or for any woman. He votes for himself." Eventually, the questions peter out and the last point is a declaration: "Between Ourselves Let us give women the vote."
The South Dakota Universal Franchise League was founded in 1912, with Mamie Shields Pyle serving as the group's first president. The present handbill was most likely published ahead of Election Day in 1916, which occurred on November 7, the date printed on the handbill itself. The suffrage amendment on the 1916 ballot failed by a narrow margin, despite optimistic early reports that it passed. Universal suffrage in South Dakota was finally achieved two years later, in November 1918, when the Citizenship Amendment passed, requiring American citizenship to vote but also removing the word "male" from the voting requirements.
OCLC records just two copies of this handbill, at the Newberry Library and the University of South Dakota.