Ticket Voting
Identification of Voter Choice:  Design

1869 Independent Taxpayers' Union, San Francisco.

Courtesy of the California Historical Society, San Francisco

The 1869 ticket of San Francisco’s Tax Payers’ Union Party listed James Cary for Police Judge along side the Democratic Party’s candidates for the California Supreme Court. Other tickets printed and distributed by the Tax Payers’ Party listed Cary along with the Republican Party’s candidates for the state Supreme Court. Essentially the Tax Payers’ Party was providing a split ticket for voters. Voters could have achieved this end themselves by scratching out a name on a party’s ticket and writing in an alternative, or they could paste a strip of paper bearing an alternative candidate’s name over any name on a party’s ticket. 

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