The occupations that disqualified a potential voter will surprise North Americans.- Before 1887, active policemen, while serving and six months after leaving the force.
- Before 1918, election agents and other paid election workers; postmasters; those receiving welfare, their spouses or children; collectors of government revenues.Less surprising to North Americans are these types of non-voters. People who were and are not allowed to vote in the UK and who also might not be allowed to vote in some U.S. states includes:
alienspeople with mental disorders
anyone serving a prison sentence (UK laws prohibit anyone convicted of election bribery from voting for five years after the crime.)A purely British reason for disqualification was being a conscientious objector between 1918 and 1923. Another is being a peer. On the other hand, peeresses were allowed to vote by the reform bill of 1918 but the right was taken away again in 1963.
Gibson, Jeremy and Colin Rogers. Electoral Registers. Birmingham, UK: Federation of Family History Societies, 1990. www.ffhs.org.uk