changed as to deprive any citizen or class of citizens of the United States of the right to vote who are entitled to vote by the constitution herein recognized, except as a punishment for such crimes as are now felonies at common law, whereof they shall have been duly convicted, under laws equally applicable to all the inhabitants of said State: Provided, That any alteration of said constitution prospective in its effect may be made in regard to the time and place of residence of voters.
June 25, 1868
As a result of the vote on the ratification of the State constitution of Alabama, a bill to restore Alabama to the Union was introduced in the House, March 10, 1868, by Thaddeus Stevens. A substitute for this bill passed the House, but was indefinitely postponed by the Senate. May 11 a bill to admit North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia, and Alabama to representation in Congress was reported by Stevens from the Joint Committee on Reconstruction. An amendment striking out Alabama from the list of States was rejected by a vote of 60 to 74, 55 not voting. On the 14th the amended bill passed the House, the vote being 110 to 35, 44 not voting. June 10 the Senate, by a vote of 22 to 21, included Florida, and the bill with further amendments passed, the vote being 31 to 5. The House concurred in the Senate amendments by a vote of 111 to 28, 50 not voting, an amendment striking out Florida being rejected by a vote of 45 to 99, 45 not voting. The bill was vetoed by President Johnson June 25, and passed over the veto the same day, in the House by a vote of 108 to 32, 54 not voting, and in the Senate by a vote of 35 to 8.
REFERENCES. -- Text in U.S. Statutes at Large, XV, 73, 74. For the proceedings see the House and Senate Journals, 40th Cong., 2d Sess., and the Cong. Globe. On Alabama see House Exec. Docs. 302 and 303, and House Report 21, 40th Cong., 2d Sess.; on North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Louisiana, House Exec. Docs. 281, 300, and 301, 40th Cong., 2d Sess., and Senate Exec. Doc. 15, 40, Cong., 3d Sess.; on Florida, House Misc. Docs. 109 and 114, 40th Cong., 2d Sess.