Some require that the voter shall be able to read and understand the Constitution.
There was a guy who'd give you the money and tell you the name of the voter you were supposed to be.
There was as yet no secret ballot to set the voter free.
The constitution requires that a voter must (in addition to other qualifications) either be able to show conclusively ability to read and write, or be the owner of property within the state assessed at not less than $300, on which, if personalty, all taxes are paid.
The town voter being mainly British, the bill met with the bitter opposition of the Bond members, who declared that its object was the extinction of their parliamentary power.