Free Soil Electoral Ticket, 1836

Free Soil Electoral Ticket, 1836

Description
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
Ballot
date made
1836
associated date
1848
associated person
Van Buren, Martin
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
beige, black (overall color)
Measurements
overall: 4 3/4 in x 3 1/4 in; 12.065 cm x 8.255 cm
ID Number
1978.0591.08
accession number
1978.0591
catalog number
1978.0591.08
Credit Line
Sara L. Lepman
subject
Elections
Political Campaigns
See more items in
Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Exhibition
Exhibition
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History

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