Category Archives: elections

Rochester, Minnesota politics of 1876

The Minnesota Historic Society has put up some news papers (out of copyright) online for viewing. Here is one of them.

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Nice party to be in

While looking up old YA literature on HathiTrust, I ran across this, which is the voter roll for the Bronx in 1903.

It is what it is at first glance really, a tedious enumeration of voters, addresses and parties, useful only for genealogy. And noting that the United States did once have parties like “Social Democrat” and “Socialist Labor” (and the occasional “Prohibition”).

Then you turn up:


I have no idea what Charles H. Douglas’s party registration is. There wasn’t, that I’m aware of, a “defective” party. If his registration was bad, wouldn’t they just reject it? Was this the 1903 version of “show ID at polling place”? Persons with mental limitations (“mental defectives”) were forbidden to vote, so I doubt it is that.

If anyone knows anything about this, please post a comment here.

Second-and-a-half-world electoral results

For some really bad animated chartjunk, I’ve found the Guatemalan Election Court’s page for the results of its current (2015) elections to be the worst ever™. Go to their website and click “Resultados”. I defy you to not be put out by their misuse of animation.

Further, their bar graphs (scroll down) have a spurious third dimension.

Finally, when you click “Descargar Resultos” (download results) on the right column, you get an image of an error message (!).

I think whoever gave the Election Court this probably so-called “turnkey” system didn’t do as well as they might have for their client and/or country.

Update (October 24, 2015): they changed their site and I cannot find the results page with the bad graphics anymore.

Update (November 18, 2015): the site is offline, except for a hosted backup.

Two maps of a “four corners for registration”

I have two completely different things for you that can both be called “four corners for (or of) registration”.



These doodles are called “registration marks” and are used to line up the different colors. If you are familiar with printing in color (even with little desktop printers), you know that there are usually four colors printed individually: cyan (bluish), magenta (pinkish), yellow and black. Each color is printed separately from the rest of them and, when the four layers of single color are on the same paper, they form a color image.

Ofcourse, if they are not aligned correctly, it looks ugly. These marks somehow help the print operators and also the printers and presses themselves to line them up correctly.

I don’t care though, because this looks like a particularly interesting map of a four corners. What’s that on the corner? A water tower? And the green line could be a trolley track from west to north. Some cars are present on the south and east.

The liquid cockroach was a spot of glue that took off some of the cardboard it was pressed against.



To register to vote in Oklahoma, you may (if you don’t have an address) have to draw a map. I never thought cartography would be a prerequisite to enfranchisement. I wonder if anyone has ever tried to claim this was an illegal literacy test?

The image above in context can be seen at the entire form, here.