This is What Democracy Looked Like
A Visual History of the Printed Ballot
By Alicia Yin Cheng
This volume, the first illustrated history of printed ballot design, illuminates the noble but often flawed process at the heart of our democracy.
An exploration and celebration of US ballots from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this visual history reveals unregulated, outlandish, and, at times, absurd designs that reflect the explosive growth and changing face of the voting public.
The ballots offer insight into a pivotal time in American history—a period of tectonic shifts in the electoral system—fraught with electoral fraud, disenfranchisement, scams, and skullduggery, as parties printed their own tickets and voters risked their lives going to the polls.
Edited by Sara Stemen
Designed by MGMT.design
Published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2020
Hardcover, 176 pages, 200 color images, 6.75 × 10.25 inches