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Free Soil Electoral Ticket, 1836

Free Soil Electoral Ticket, 1836

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Voting in the 19th century usually involved casting a printed paper ballot, such as this electoral ticket for the Free Soil Party from 1836. State election laws typically specified the dimensions and thickness of the paper, and the size of type to be used. The rest was left to the issuing parties, local party operatives, and candidates, resulting in various ballot forms and styles—and a potential for voter confusion and fraud.
Object Name
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Van Buren, Martin
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
beige, black (overall color)
overall: 4 3/4 in x 3 1/4 in; 12.065 cm x 8.255 cm
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Credit Line
Sara L. Lepman
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
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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