Municipal Voter's League

Motto - "A hundred years ago if men were knaves, why, people called them so."1

Founded in February 1896, the initial purpose of the Municipal Voter's League was to defeat corrupt aldermen at the polls. A spin off of the Citizen's Association, the MVL organized for the April 1896 elections by using the organizational model of machine politics - this included things like parades and door to door canvasing by ward and precinct.

They worked to publicize the voting records of aldermen on "boodle" ordinances. In the 1896 elections they targeted 26 of the 34 incumbents, seeing 20 of them defeated.2

Eventually, the MVL would be absorbed back into the Citizen's Association.3

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