Democratic Party Ticket Ballot, 1860

Summary

During the mid-1800s, Americans used preprinted ballots to vote. Political parties printed and distributed these ballots, sometimes through local partisan newspapers. These ballots listed candidates only from a single party -- so everyone knew who you voted for. Bold voters could scratch out or paste over names. In 1860, voters in New Hampshire who supported the Democratic presidential candidate Stephen Douglas used this ballot to vote for his electors.

During the mid-1800s, Americans used preprinted ballots to vote. Political parties printed and distributed these ballots, sometimes through local partisan newspapers. These ballots listed candidates only from a single party -- so everyone knew who you voted for. Bold voters could scratch out or paste over names. In 1860, voters in New Hampshire who supported the Democratic presidential candidate Stephen Douglas used this ballot to vote for his electors.

Artifact

Ballot

Date Made

1860

Subject Date

1860

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

United States, New Hampshire 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

69.145.196

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Printing (Process)

Color

Black (Color)
White (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 4.625 in  (IRREGULAR)

Width: 4 in  (IRREGULAR)

Inscriptions

At top: Democratic Republican Ticket/THE UNION MUST BE PRESERVED/ DEMOCRACY/ We must preserve our liberties or perish in the last ditch./ JACKSON...

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