Early Ballot Voting Boxes (Using Marbles & Black Balls) by: Scott Rice McBride
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This guide covers the topic of early wooden ballot boxes - those that used marbles, especially black and white ones for voting. The term "black balling" arises from this early method whereby members could cast a negative vote in secret.
What is a Marble Ballot Box? Simply described, marble ballot boxes are boxes or similar containers with marbles, usually two colors, white and black, used to determine the outcome of simple votes. The materials the box and marbles are made of vary. Wood is the most common material for building the box, with some examples made from tin or ceramic or pottery.
The materials used to make the marbles have evolved over time to match the techniques and materials used to make common marbles at the times the ballot boxes were being used. Marbles were originally made from stone or clay. As porcelain or china marbles became available, these marbles were also used in ballot boxes. As the manufacturing of glass marbles took over the marble business, then glass marbles were used with ballot boxes. Examples of ballot box marbles can also be found made from wood, rubber, and plastic. More about the marbles used as ballots will be discussed in this book.
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- Width: 8.75 inches
- Height: 11 inches
- Depth: 0 inch
- Weight: 0.75 pound