Ticket Voting
Identification of Voter Choice:  Signature

1844 Democratic Ticket, Virginia

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Courtesy of the Huntington Library

As we move earlier in the nineteenth century tickets become more plain and straightforward, without images, designs or color. This relative restraint may have only reflected the state of printing technology before lithography became ascendant rather than a lesser interest in being able to identify each voter’s choices. This Democratic ticket from the 1844 presidential election (held on November 4, a Monday) had only a border to distinguish it. Virginia’s 17 members of the Electoral College occupy most of the space; over time the presidential candidates will grow ever larger on party tickets and the members of the Electoral College correspondingly smaller.

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