On This Date in History: The original constitution of the state of New Jersey said that “all inhabitants” who met residency requirements and had a net worth of at least 50 pounds had the right to vote. I assume that it only meant whites but it certainly made no reference to women. The women of New Jersey apparently gave a collective yawn. They had not pushed for suffrage and there is no record of any woman voting prior to 1790.
Things went awry though in 1797 when a state legislature seat was up for grabs between Newark’s John Condict and William Crane of Elizabeth. Condict looked to be the winner until 75 women from Elizabeth showed up to vote for their favorite son. Condict still managed to hang on but the race was on for the female vote. Women were hauled to the polls in wagons and carriages by candidates in the elections that followed. (sound familiar?) Some of the ladies were even underage. But, in 1807, the freedom train came to a halt.
Once again, the players were Newark and Elizabeth and the issue was the location of a new courthouse. Women were tossed and pulled by both sides as they tried to get them to the polls and convince them of the merits of each side’s position. Hijinx were at a premium as even young boys dressed up as women to try to cast a ballot. The rank and file of the elites were “shocked” by this “saturnalia of corruption and abuse” and on this date in 1807 New Jersey lawmakers quickly adopted new voting laws that took away the vote from the ladies. It would take over 100 years for them to get it back.
Moral to the story: Don’t take your opportunities for granted and squander what you have.
Weather Bottom Line: Song remains the same as far as the forecast goes except that my great idea that things would get pushed back a bit seems to be out of favor with the machines. This cut off low is just plodding along as it moves through its way on the downside of life. Whenever you see an occluded front, that means that the storm is on the weakening phase of its lifecycle. Both the GFS and the NAM advertise rain beginning on Tuesday morning, though the GFS is early morning and the NAM is mid morning. Both carry rain through Wednesday night with totals of .86″ and .88″ respectively. It won’t rain the whole time. The graphic above depicts the occlusion already past us on Wednesay morning with our area in the dry slot between the front and the parent low. So, if this were to come about as shown, then there would be a break before another round of showers. My guess is that this guy is going so slow that we will be cloudy for the balance of the week, perhaps improving somewhat on Friday. Temperatures will be closer to seasonal by then.