Separate registers were kept for Parliamentary and Local Elections at this time, because
different rules applied. Although women were excluded from voting in Parliamentrary
Elections in 1894. they could qualify for voting in local elections in certain
circumstances. The following link gives more details
It seems that the qualification was being a rate payer, rather than property ownership and
that a husband and wife could not qualify in respect of the same property, so few married
women were registered. If Louisa was a widow, then this would explain her entitlement to
vote but I am not sure her presence on the register would necessarily mean she was an
owner rather than a tenant of her Lower Bridge Street property.
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:19:47 +0000 (GMT)
From: REGINALD DAVIES <regandpaddy(a)btinternet.com>
Subject: [Dyfed] County Electors List
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The County Electors List for 1894 for Newport, Pembrokeshire includes a Louisa Mathias of
Lower Bridge Street.
From other records we known that she was a widow at the time.
The nature of her qualification to vote was a dwelling house in Lower Bridge
Did this mean that she owned the house ?