Voting in 1960

Archive Report

New Emphasis on Registration to Vote

Extent of Citizen Participation in Elections

Forecasts of an extremely close contest at the polls on November 8 between the two contenders for the Presidency—Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Sen. John F. Kennedy—have served to focus more than ordinary attention on the power of the individual participant in a free election. Both major parties and a number of non-partisan organizations have undertaken far-reaching campaigns to persuade eligible citizens to register as voters and to cast their ballots on election day.

The Census Bureau estimates that there will be about 108,900,000 Americans of voting age, including 1,900,000 members of the armed forces, by the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. The total comprises all persons who by then will ...

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