By Richard Franklin Bensel
In contrast to sleek elections, the yankee polling position of the mid-nineteenth century was once completely endowed with symbolic that means for many who in a different way should not have had the least curiosity in politics. This made the polls fascinating and inspired males to vote at a ways greater premiums than they do this present day. males who approached a polling position have been met by means of brokers of the key political events. They handled the electorate with whiskey, gave them petty bribes, and suggested that they need to be dependable to their ethnic and spiritual groups. As suggested within the eyewitness bills of normal electorate, the polls have been frequently crowded, noisy, and sometimes, violent.
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And the midnineteenth century was not the best of circumstances; because there were very few psychiatrists or social workers in the United States, very few cognitively impaired adults had been ofﬁcially identiﬁed as idiots. Even fewer had been identiﬁed as mentally ill. For these reasons, election judges had to fall back on their own judgment, strongly shaped by community norms and collective understandings of the mental abilities of prospective voters. It appears that they were far more reluctant to declare their neighbors insane (of normal intelligence but mentally unstable) than to view them as imbecilic.
Pennsylvania may have had the greatest number: a judge of election (from the party holding a majority in the precinct), two inspectors, two inspector clerks, two return inspectors, and two return clerks. The latter were equally divided between the two major parties. R. no. D. no. 17 (1862): pp. 66–7. 14 The American Ballot Box in the Mid-Nineteenth Century to preserve public order inside the building up to but not beyond the voting window itself. ” A party ticket listed the candidates offered by one of the political parties in that community.
But the police did their duty in an admirable manner . . the consequence was that after some ﬁghting, and after arresting a man and committing him to jail for striking two men,” everything was quiet and orderly. R. no. D. no. 4 (1859): pp. 99, 101. In the thousands of pages contained in the contested election hearings, there was only one instance in which a woman was reported to have attended a polling place. This occurred in the 1866 congressional election in Mount Vernon, Ohio, when the wife of a man who had apparently suffered a disabling stroke escorted her spouse to the polls with the help of his male friends.
American ballot box mid 19th century by Richard Franklin Bensel