Ticket Voting
Identification of Voter Choice:  Design

1888 Citizens’ Non Partisan Party ticket, San Francisco.

Courtesy of the California Historical Society, San Francisco

Tickets were often unique and distinctive, with haunting images, often in color, and striking designs, not to mention inspirational messages that could be easily recognized and would tell anyone watching which were the candidates that particular voter was choosing.
The distinctive image of the Citizens’ Non Partisan Party was hard to miss among the tickets of the many parties contesting the 1888 general election in San Francisco. This small party added to confusion on Election Day by producing multiple tickets. The Party’s Regular Democratic ticket (pictured here), its Regular American ticket, and its Regular Republican ticket each presented a different set of presidential electors and a mix of candidates across party lines for the many offices down the ticket.

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