By Richard Franklin Bensel
In contrast to smooth elections, the yank polling position of the mid-nineteenth century was once completely endowed with symbolic that means for many who differently wouldn't have had the least curiosity in politics. This made the polls fascinating and inspired males to vote at a long way better premiums than they do this day. males who approached a polling position have been met through brokers of the foremost political events. They taken care of the electorate with whiskey, gave them petty bribes, and recommended that they need to be dependable to their ethnic and spiritual groups. As pronounced within the eyewitness debts of normal electorate, the polls have been in most cases crowded, noisy, and sometimes, violent.
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R. no. D. no. 7, p. 85. Caleb N. Taylor vs. John R. Reading, election held on October 13, 1868. Structure and Practice of Elections 31 ticket distributors were more personally interested in the success of their favored candidate.
When confronted at the polls, a man would naturally contend that such a record did not exist because they were not in the army or navy. With respect to foreign-born men, however, government documents could prove that a man was eligible to vote, at least with respect to citizenship. Foreign-born men were expected to retain possession of the documents certifying that they had become citizens. 6 Lacking papers, a man was either a native-born citizen or an unnaturalized alien. Election ofﬁcials were rarely certain which was the case when men with strange accents and wearing odd apparel approached the polls.
These insults easily moved into various forms of physical intimidation as members of the crowd, either individually or in groups, blocked the passage of prospective voters 32 33 34 Asked whether any “foreigners” had voted in his community, a man in Kentucky, a naturalized foreign-born citizen himself, answered that he knew “one John Conner, who voted for W. C. Anderson. . R. no. D. no. 3, p. 24. James S. Chrisman vs. William C. Anderson, election held on August 1, 1859. R. no. D. no. 7 (1868): p.
American ballot box mid 19th century by Richard Franklin Bensel