Soldiers and Politics

August 14, 1942

Report Outline
Soldier Vote in Future Elections
Early Fears of Military Domination
Political Power of Veterans' Organizations
Wartime Service Legislation

Soldier Vote in Future Elections

Appeals to Soldier Vote in 1942 Campaign

Appeals to the “soldier vote” have already been heard in 1942 primary campaigns, and the opportunity to cast absentee ballots, available to large numbers of service men, will make the vote of members of the armed forces—and of their relatives at home—a potent factor in the coming November elections.

Postwar plans for a large standing army to serve as part of a world “police force” give reason to believe that, in the future, politicians may be forced to give prime consideration to the desires of a sizable number of continuing absentee soldier votes, as well as the wishes of a large veterans group. It is possible that the military will exert more influence on future elections than during any previous period in American history.

Every war in which the United States has engaged has been fought by an improvised army because traditional fears of a large standing army have caused peacetime enrollments in the armed forces to be held at a minimum. Although each war effort, therefore, has seen intensive development of the military organization, civilian control over the military has served as an efficient check to a permanent state of militarism.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
United States During World War II
Mar. 13, 1945  The Nation's Health
Aug. 14, 1943  Quality Labeling
Aug. 06, 1943  Voting in 1944
Jul. 27, 1943  Civilian Production in a War Economy
Mar. 08, 1943  Labor Turnover and Absenteeism
Nov. 06, 1942  War Contracts and Profit Limitation
Oct. 10, 1942  Control of Manpower
Aug. 14, 1942  Soldiers and Politics
Jul. 16, 1942  Reduction of Non-War Government Spending
Jul. 08, 1942  Education for War Needs
Jun. 20, 1942  Roll Calls in 1942 Campaign
Jun. 12, 1942  War Shipping and Shipbuilding
Apr. 30, 1942  Forced Evacuations
Apr. 21, 1942  Politics in Wartime
Apr. 14, 1942  Agricultural Import Shortages
Feb. 10, 1942  Disease in Wartime
Jan. 12, 1942  Wartime Rationing
Jun. 19, 1941  Sabotage
Dec. 13, 1940  Shipping and the War
Oct. 24, 1940  Price Control in Wartime
Jul. 20, 1940  Labor in Wartime
Oct. 05, 1937  Alien Political Agitation in the United States
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