Force Bill

What Is the Force Bill?

"a scheme for securing free and fair elections in all the States; but it is, in reality, a scheme for controlling all elections, not merely, as alleged, those of Congressmen, but all elections,…in the interest of, and for the perpetuation of the power of the Republican party."

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One Response to Force Bill

  • Editor says:

    The Force Bill of 1890 was a bill drafted by Representative Henry Cabot Lodge (R) of Massachusetts, and sponsored in the Senate by George Frisbie Hoar; it was endorsed by President Benjamin Harrison. The bill would have allowed the federal government to ensure that elections were fair. In particular, it would have allowed federal circuit courts (after being petitioned by a small amount of citizens from any district) to appoint federal supervisors of congressional elections.