6 october 1968 & last day for voter registration
#OTD 6 October 1968 Citizens who hadn’t yet registered to vote in advance of the November elections had until midnight to do so. According to the Washington Post, ~3,000 people registered at the District Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW). Beginning at 8am, there were long lines along 14th Street the entire day.
Your comments are welcome below. Do you, a family member or neighbor remember registering to vote in 1968? Did you go to the District Building? What was the process like? Did you have to have identification in order to vote? Do you remember what room/floor you went to? Do you have photographs? Do you have your voter registration card? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: Courtesy DC Public Library, Evening Star Newspaper Collection. n.d. Photographer unknown. This Get Out to Register parade near the Wheatley School, was sponsored by the Mt. Olivet Junior Citizens Association. Yvonne Brock, Yolanda Wade, Deborah Powell, Steven Sullivan, Arthur Tucker & Lee Alvis carry signs supporting D.C. voting rights.
”DC Voter Registration Will End at Midnight,” Washington Post 6 October 1968.