The Richland County Ballot (1876) is a "tissue ballot" that was used in the South Carolina "White Supremacy Election."
The Richland County Ballot (1876) is a ballot that was used in the South Carolina "White Supremacy Election." At this time, only men could vote and based on the population and ages found in an 1875 special state census, there were 110,735 African American males and 74,193 Caucasian males that were able to vote. According to historical documents, Democrats folded multiple "tissue ballots" inside their regular paper ballots. This method and other illegal voting practices gave Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Wade Hampton III the win.
The Richland County, South Carolina, Ballot Collection contains one election ballot, known as a "Tissue Ballot." The tissue ballot is an illegal additional completed ballot that was stuck inside the legal ballot for the 1876 state election from the county of Richland. The election is for: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Superintendent of Education, Comptroller General, Adjutant and Inspector General, State Treasurer, Attorney General, Congress-Third District, State Senator, Representatives, School Commissioner and County Commissioners.
Encoded by Mark Custer, March 24, 2008
Processing completed December 17, 2017, by Morgan Gurganus.
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