When did American elections begin to use the ballot?

2018-01-20 19:07:40

The Wikipedia article on the 1788 Presidential election says that people voted with ballots, where a public vote was actually conducted.

In Britain, voting for MPs was done by public meetings. Ballots weren't used until the 1870s.

Did elections in colonial America always used ballots? Or when did they change, and why?

Voting in the 1788 Presidential election seems to have been carried out by public ballot, although some states continued to use an oral ballot until the late nineteenth century (e.g. Kentucky, which continued to use an oral ballot until 1891).

Secret ballots, also known as "Australian Ballots" were introduced to the United States in the nineteenth century, but were only extensively adopted after the 1884 Presidential election.

Secret ballots system were introduced in the United Kingdom by the Ballot Act of 1872. Prior to that, a public ballot system had been in use with the votes cast by individuals recorded in Poll Books. These poll books had been

  • Voting in the 1788 Presidential election seems to have been carried out by public ballot, although some states continued to use an oral ballot until the late nineteenth century (e.g. Kentucky, which continued to use an oral ballot until 1891).

    Secret ballots, also known as "Australian Ballots" were introduced to the United States in the nineteenth century, but were only extensively adopted after the 1884 Presidential election.

    Secret ballots system were introduced in the United Kingdom by the Ballot Act of 1872. Prior to that, a public ballot system had been in use with the votes cast by individuals recorded in Poll Books. These poll books had been introduced by an Act of Parliament in 1696

    "to stop electoral fraud and were the responsibility of the local Sheriffs".

    Poll books - University of Reading Special Collections

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