With the end of the 2020 elections, an interesting letter
in the archival collections of the Sherburne History Center warrants some
In a letter sent to concerned citizens of Clear Lake,
Sherburne County, Assistant Attorney General Montreville J. Brown reaffirmed
the right of women to vote in local school board issues. His only caveat to this voting right being
that women must be residents of the district in question and “they are of the
age twenty-one years and upward and possess the qualifications requisite of a
The voting history of Minnesota and Sherburne County emphasizes
that the question of voting rights lacked simplicity. Suffrage maintained several nuances, rather than
simply suggesting women won the right to vote.
Women maintained some voting rights; the 19th amendment
expanded those rights.
Understanding these rights leads down an interesting