American ballot box mid 19th century by Richard Franklin Bensel

By Richard Franklin Bensel

In contrast to sleek elections, the yank polling position of the mid-nineteenth century was once completely endowed with symbolic which means for those who differently should not have had the least curiosity in politics. This made the polls interesting and inspired males to vote at a long way better charges than they do at the present time. males who approached a polling position have been met via brokers of the key political events. They handled the electorate with whiskey, gave them petty bribes, and advised that they need to be dependable to their ethnic and spiritual groups. As stated within the eyewitness bills of standard citizens, the polls have been ordinarily crowded, noisy, and infrequently, violent.

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Election judges could also challenge voters on their own initiative but usually preferred to leave this role to the challengers. 30 Challengers, like the election judges, were usually chosen from the ranks of party professionals who had resided in the community for years. 31 Unfamiliar faces were sometimes greeted with suspicion by the challengers and judges of both parties until the voter indicated how he was going to vote; at that point, the opposing party would formally challenge his qualifications.

J. R. Barrett, election held in August 1858. Introduction 11 were probably widely recognized landmarks. In rural areas such as Indiana County, Pennsylvania, most of these kinds of buildings were far less common. 3). , “the schoolhouse”) suggests more tightly organized communities in which neighbors shared a much deeper understanding of the local landscape than did city dwellers. Regardless of the type of building used, the vast majority of polling places were set up along a common pattern. 11 The voting window separated voters from election officials who occupied what was, in most cases, a large room.

195–6. Caleb N. Taylor vs. John R. Reading, election held on October 13, 1868. 10 common aspects of the american polling place The most common element in voting was the party ticket. 11 Individual party agents picked up these tickets from the printer and prepared them for use. In most instances, this preparation included cutting up the large sheets on which the tickets were printed. If separate tickets were required for different races, the tickets were bundled together, usually with string. Consolidated tickets containing all races were sometimes twelve to fifteen inches long and thus a little awkward to handle.

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