An Act to regulate

1797, An Act to regulate the election of members of the legislative council and general assembly, sheriffs and coroners, in this State.
Source, Laws of New Jersey, 1797.
Courtesy- Special Collections/University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.


On February 22, 1797, the New Jersey Legislature passed an Act revising the regulations for the election of public officials. Section XI of the Act, reprinted here, specifically identifies persons entitled to vote as “all free inhabitants of this State, of full age, who are worth fifty pounds,” and refers to these voters as “he or she”. Some women and African Americans who met the requirements apparently had voted previously and continued to vote in several elections over the next few years, until 1807.