Ruling Says 19th Amendment Does Not Explicitly Give Voting Right To Women

1922

In a South Carolina murder case, the defense argues that the exclusion of women from the jury pool after passage of the 19th Amendment was a reversible error. In Mittle v. South Carolina, the South Carolina Supreme Court rejects the defendant’s claim, finding that the 19th Amendment cannot be read to grant a right to vote or participate in jury service. Rather, the court finds it simply says that gender cannot be a basis for discrimination when determining voting qualifications. If men are allowed to vote, women are as well. The U.S. Supreme Court refuses to accept the case for review.