Confederate Electoral Ballot for Davis & Stephens, with Four Manuscript Versions, 1861
Lot of 5, including printed electoral ballot for the CSA election of 1861, endorsing Jefferson Davis for president, Alexander H. Stephens for vice president, and delegates for each of Virginia's 16 districts, 5 x 6.25 in. Accompanied by four manuscript versions of the ballot, on sheets of blue lined paper, varying sizes in three hands. Parrish & Willingham 6041 listing two holdings.
The printed ticket and four manuscript examples are signed on the back, indicating that each ballot was actually cast. Voters were required to have their signatures verified by the electoral officials on presenting their ballots, which were then marked and placed in the ballot box.
The manuscript tickets were likely written up when the printed ones ran out. Neither the Museum of the Confederacy nor the Virginia Historical Society has an example of a handwritten ballot.
In Confederate Virginia, there were 16 districts as opposed to 13 districts under the US Congress. Thus, in addition to Davis for president and Stephens for vice president, there are 16 electors listed, plus 2 electors for state at large.
Wear to printed and manuscript tickets consistent with age. Some corner and edgewear to each ticket, with some chipping, small tears along edges. The inked name on back of printed ticket has burned through. Housed in attractive letter case.