Richland County (S.C.) Ballot, 1876

Manuscript Collection #945

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Richland County (S.C.) Ballot
    Creator: Richland County, South Carolina.
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: The Richland County Ballot (1876) is a "tissue ballot" that was used in the South Carolina "White Supremacy Election."
    Extent: 0.003 Cubic feet, 1 item , consisting of a ballot
  • Description

    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.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    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 According to historical documents, Democrats folded multiple “tissue ballots” inside their regular paper ballots.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.


  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    October 1, 2003, 1 item, 0.0003 cubic feet; Election ballot (1876), known as the "Tissue Ballot," used in the South Carolina "White Supremacy Election." 3" x 1.75" Donor: Anonymous

    Acquisition Information

    Anonymous gift

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Richland County (S.C.) Ballot (#945), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Encoded by Mark Custer, March 24, 2008

    Processing completed December 17, 2017, by Morgan Gurganus.

Preliminary Inventory

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