Counting Your Ancestor’s Vote

Counting Your Ancestor’s Vote

After you've exercised your right to vote today, see if you can find your ancestors’ political leanings in voting registration records. On her blog, Kimberley Powell recommends some resources—including the California Voter Registration Index and a free index for Cleveland, Ohio, in 1907. At Cincinnati's downtown library, I once...

After you’ve exercised your right to vote today, see if you can find your ancestors’ political leanings in voting registration records.

On her blog, Kimberley Powell recommends some resources—including the California Voter Registration Index and a free index for Cleveland, Ohio, in 1907.

At Cincinnati’s downtown library, I once found a 1970s voter registration book listing my grandma. Check with your ancestor’s county board of elections, local library or historical society for information on old voter registration records in the area.

And you can learn how your ancestor voted (not his favorite candidate, but whether he tossed a ballota into a bucket, dropped a color-coded paper ticket into a box or pulled a lever) in this article on FamilyTreeMagazine.com.

Me, I’ll try to get a little work done between checking exit poll results on CNN.

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