Franchise Laws Amendment Act, 1931

The Franchise Laws Amendment Act, 1931, was an act of the Parliament of South Africa which removed all property and educational franchise qualifications applying to white men. It was passed a year after the Women's Enfranchisement Act, 1930, which extended the franchise to all white women. These two acts entitled all white people over the age of 21 (except for those convicted of certain crimes and those declared mentally unsound by a court) to vote in the elections of the House of Assembly.

Franchise Laws Amendment Act, 1931
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Parliament of South Africa
  • Act to amend the law relating to the franchise.
CitationAct No. 41 of 1931
Enacted byParliament of South Africa
Royal assent10 June 1931
Commenced10 June 1931
Repealed1 May 1946
Legislative history
BillFranchise Laws (Amendment) Bill
Bill citationA.B. 5—'31
Bill published on5 February 1931
Introduced byD. F. Malan, Minister of the Interior
Repealed by
Electoral Consolidation Act, 1946
Removed all remaining franchise qualifications applying to white men over the age of 21.
Status: Repealed

The act retained the property and educational qualifications for black and coloured men, who were in any case only eligible to vote in the Cape Province. The result was a further dilution of the electoral power of the non-white population.

The act was repealed in 1946 when the franchise laws were consolidated into the Electoral Consolidation Act, 1946.


  • Loveland, Ian (1999). By Due Process of Law: Racial Discrimination and the Right to Vote in South Africa 1855–1960. Oxford: Hart Publishing. p. 164. ISBN 9781841130491.