Voter Ticket ribbon
Voter Ticket ribbon
Design: Tickets were often designed to be distinctive and enable identification of a voter's choice. Tickets had identifiable images, colors and/or messages, and often had patterns printed on the back to make it harder for a voter to conceal his choice. In the leftmost column, ten examples of distinctive tickets are presented. 
Signature: Some states like Virginia required that tickets be signed by the voter. Here are the fronts and signed backs of five tickets from the presidential elections of 1860, 1856, 1844, and 1836.
Portraits: In all states, presidential elections often meant a separate run of tickets featuring only that office. Presidential portraits also became another useful way of associating candidates for other offices with the presidential ticket.
Slogans: The most distinctive aspect of tickets, usually reflected at the local level, was the messages they carried. Here are eleven examples, beginning with an association between the death of tyrants and Virginia Democrats seeking a downward adjustment in the payment of the state debt.