American ballot box mid 19th century by Richard Franklin Bensel

By Richard Franklin Bensel

Not like smooth elections, the yankee polling position of the mid-nineteenth century was once completely endowed with symbolic which means for many who differently do not need had the least curiosity in politics. This made the polls interesting and inspired males to vote at a long way larger premiums than they do this day. males who approached a polling position have been met by means of brokers of the most important political events. They handled the citizens with whiskey, gave them petty bribes, and suggested that they need to be unswerving to their ethnic and spiritual groups. As pronounced within the eyewitness debts of normal electorate, the polls have been often crowded, noisy, and sometimes, violent.

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The bolting faction would then either fuse with the opposition or field its own independent ticket. If the bolters fused, they would construct a single ticket with candidates drawn from both the bolters and the opposition party. If they fielded their own ticket, the bolters would simply draw up a list of candidates and print tickets to distribute at the polls. Unlike contemporary politics where a new party would have to circulate petitions, pay filing fees, and meet deadlines months before an election takes place, a party faction could become an effective contender at the polls even if it bolted only hours before the voting started.

80–1. This arrangement was in some respects parallel to the American court system, with challengers acting as attorneys for their respective parties (one prosecuting and the other defending the voter) and the judges (although seldom objectively) evaluating the merits of the voter’s credentials. In this adversarial system, altruism was rare and was received skeptically. ” And so it was, but almost no one but Samuel Null performed this duty in the middle of the nineteenth century. R. no. D. (no number, bound between nos.

Bird B. Chapman vs. R. no. D. no. 27, Pt. 1, pp. 131–2. Charles H. Van Wyck vs. George W. Greene, election held on November 3, 1868. Introduction 23 41 qualifications by simply placing the burden on the voter. If the voter lied under an oath given to an election judge, he could be fined or imprisoned. Oath taking was probably most commonly used in the border states during the Civil War and the early years of Reconstruction; election judges in the border states were enjoined to prevent men who had “sympathized” with the Confederacy from voting.

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