2 A law passed in 1887, requiring all voters to take an oath against polygamy, with the object of disfranchising Mormons, was declared unconstitutional by the State Supreme Court.
It was at first rejected at the polls, but was finally ratified in November 1869 without the disfranchising clauses.
The case attracted much attention; and it is often erroneously said that the court upheld the disfranchising clauses of the Alabama constitution.
She had a new constitution drawn up, practically providing for an absolute monarchy, and disfranchising a large class of citizens who had voted since 1887; this constitution (drawn up, so the royal party declared, in reply to a petition signed by thousands of natives) she undertook to force on the country after proroguing the legislature on the 14th of January 1893, but her ministers shrank from the responsibility of so revolutionary an act, and with difficulty prevailed upon her to postpone the execution of her design.
The discussion which followed, based partly on the reports that the ministry contemplated disfranchising the natives, led, however, to no immediate results.