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Rhode Island Votes: A Lively Look at Election History

Description

This historic view of voting in Rhode Island features an array of original manuscripts and memorabilia chronicling both past elections as well as turning points in the history of voting rights.

The exhibit includes documents relating to the Dorr Rebellion, the Women Suffrage movement, examples of early voting machines and ballots, election certifications, 19th century party affiliation voting proxies, campaign buttons, voter guides and photographs.

See the full exhibit for yourself at the State Archives, 337 Westminster St., Providence, through January 28. Free parking is available at the In-Town Parking lot across Snow Street from the State Archives. We are open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Image of California Governor Ronald Reagan and Rhode Island Governor John H. Chafee, Lt. Governor Joseph H. O’Donnell and Attorney General Herbert F. DeSimone, c. 1968


The Providence Journal
Providence, Rhode Island, Wednesday, November 9, 1960

[Headline] Kennedy Elected, R.I. Plurality 112,336; Pell Wins by 153,929, Notte by 54,557; Fogarty, St. Germain Congress Victors

[Article Title] Sweep by Kennedy Is…


A Rhode Island Anti-Masonic voting proxy ticket from 1830. From 1664 the Rhode Island proxy voting system was simply the sending of written ballots from voters who did not attend the election, rather than a true proxy system.


A Rhode Island Anti-Masonic voting proxy ticket from 1832. From 1664 the Rhode Island proxy voting system was simply the sending of written ballots from voters who did not attend the election, rather than a true proxy system.


A National Republican Convention voting proxy ticket from 1830. From 1664 the Rhode Island proxy voting system was simply the sending of written ballots from voters who did not attend the election, rather than a true proxy system.