Richland County (S.C.) Ballot

Manuscript Collection #945
Richland County, South Carolina
Physical description
0.003 Cubic Feet, 1 item , consisting of a ballot
Preferred Citation
Richland County (S.C.) Ballot (#945), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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The Richland County Ballot (1876) is a "tissue ballot" that was used in the South Carolina "White Supremacy Election."

Biographical/historical information

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 According to historical documents, Democrats folded multiple "tissue ballots" inside their regular paper ballots.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


Scope and arrangement

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.

Administrative information
Custodial History

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

Source of acquisition

Anonymous gift

Processing information

Encoded by Mark Custer, March 24, 2008

Processing completed December 17, 2017, by Morgan Gurganus.

Copyright notice

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