Republican Ballot, 1878


More so than the distinguishing marks of party symbols or candidate portraits, color helped observers identify party ballots as they were cast—and who cast them. Voting was still not entirely secret. The parties printed and distributed paper ballots cut from sheets. The introduction of a complex color scheme distinguished the official ballot of the 1878 Regular Republican ticket in Massachusetts.

Associated Date: 1878

Associated Institution: Republican National Party

Associated Place: United States: Massachusetts

General Subject Association: Political CampaignsUsed: Voting


See more items in: Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection, Government, Politics, and Reform, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith

Exhibition: American Democracy

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: The Ralph E Becker Collection of Political Americana

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PL.227739.1878.T02Catalog Number: 227739.1878.T02Accession Number: 227739

Object Name: Ballot

Physical Description: paper (overall material)buff, black (overall color)Measurements: overall: 14 1/2 in x 7 in; 36.83 cm x 17.78 cm


Record Id: nmah_520279

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