Ballot box, late 19th century

Ballot box, late 19th century

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Political manipulation and election fraud was often compared to a well-oiled machine. Reformers determined to fight political machines with ballot reform and voting machines. The addition of an internal cylinder “roller” to this late nineteenth century ballot box ensured that once a ballot was rolled into the box it could not be tampered with nor seen, two security features missing from previous open-slotted boxes. This box was probably used in New England.
Object Name
Ballot Box
Date made
Physical Description
mahogany (overall color)
wood, meta1 (not defined material)
overall: 16 in x 12 in x 9 in; 40.64 cm x 30.48 cm x 22.86 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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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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