By Richard Franklin Bensel
Not like glossy elections, the yank polling position of the mid-nineteenth century was once completely endowed with symbolic which means for those who another way do not have had the least curiosity in politics. This made the polls fascinating and inspired males to vote at some distance 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 taken care of the electorate with whiskey, gave them petty bribes, and instructed that they need to be unswerving to their ethnic and non secular groups. As suggested within the eyewitness money owed of normal electorate, the polls have been more often than not crowded, noisy, and sometimes, violent.
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No. D. no. 17 (1862): p. 175. There are many instances in other elections where naturalization papers appear to have been passed around at different precincts, thus allowing different men to vote on one set of documents. For a history of registration laws in the various states between 1865 and 1910, including descriptions of the kinds of election frauds that they were intended to eliminate, see Joseph P. : Brookings Institution, 1929), pp. 65–89, 232–9. Andrew W. Young, The Citizen’s Manual of Government and Law (New York: H.
C. Anderson. . R. no. D. no. 3, p. 24. James S. Chrisman vs. William C. Anderson, election held on August 1, 1859. R. no. D. no. 7 (1868): p. R. no. D. (no number, bound between nos. 24 and 25 ): p. 236. The leading authority on the legality of election practices, George W. ” However, the only punishment he could ﬁnd was to render void any contract in which the intent was to procure and distribute liquor to voters. A Treatise on the American Law of Elections (Keokuk, Iowa: R. B. Ogden, 1875), p.
Put another way, opposition party agents probably viewed such ritualized displays as possible smokescreens for depositing fraudulent votes. And, in fact, that is the way in which they were almost universally described in the hearings. This is described in Chapter 4. In the 1868 congressional election, a man by the name of Nehemiah Lord voted in Liberty, New York. ” While such correspondence might demonstrate the ineligibility of a voter, election judges clearly could not wait for the return mail before ruling on a man’s right to vote.
American ballot box mid 19th century by Richard Franklin Bensel