James T. S. Taylor at Virginia's 1868 Constitutional Convention
December 18, 1867

James T. S. Taylor served in Virginia's 1868 Constitutional Convention and introduced this resolution in favor of African American suffrage and secret ballots. 

Mr. J. T. S. Taylor offered the following, which was referred:

Whereas, The ballot is the palladium of American liberty, and whereas, the disloyal men of Virginia are seeking by every means in their power to prevent the free exercise of the elective franchise; therefore,

Resolved, That the Committee on the Elective Franchise and Qualifications for Office be requested to incorporate into the Constitution of the State of Virginia, that all voting shall be by ballot.


Journal of the Constitutional Convention of the State of Virginia (Richmond, VA: Office of the New Nation, 1867).