Republican Ballot, 1878

Republican Ballot, 1878

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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.
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Republican National Party
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United States: Massachusetts
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
buff, black (overall color)
overall: 14 1/2 in x 7 in; 36.83 cm x 17.78 cm
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Ralph E. Becker
Political Campaigns
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Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
American Democracy
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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