American ballot box mid 19th century by Richard Franklin Bensel

By Richard Franklin Bensel

In contrast to glossy elections, the yank polling position of the mid-nineteenth century used to be completely endowed with symbolic which means for those who differently don't have had the least curiosity in politics. This made the polls fascinating and inspired males to vote at some distance greater charges than they do this present day. males who approached a polling position have been met via brokers of the foremost political events. They taken care of the citizens with whiskey, gave them petty bribes, and recommended that they need to be unswerving to their ethnic and non secular groups. As pronounced within the eyewitness bills of normal electorate, the polls have been usually crowded, noisy, and sometimes, violent.

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D. no. 7 (1868): pp. R. no. D. (no number, bound between nos. 24 and 25 [1868]): pp. 20, 53. Introduction 21 to the voting window, implicitly threatening violence if the voter pressed his way forward. Violence and intimidation were usually restricted to the immediate vicinity of the polling place; otherwise, potential voters were free to go about their business. It was only when men approached the polls that partisans began to construct them as allies or enemies. The social setting around the precinct then became a highly charged ethnic, religious, and ideological battleground in which individuals were stereotyped as friend or foe on the basis of clothing, accent, or skin color.

D. no. 17 (1862): p. 71. In this instance, the voter’s reliance on the distributor was reinforced by the fact that he could have read the names on the ticket with only great difficulty, if at all. 19 major consequences of the ticket system The ticket system profoundly influenced nineteenth-century American politics in several ways. First, although a ticket could be drawn up on a plain piece of paper by the voter himself, almost all tickets were manufactured by the parties. Acting more or less as sovereign private clubs, parties alone determined who would appear on their tickets through procedures entirely unregulated by law.

No. D. no. 4 (1859): pp. 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.

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