Monday, August 25, 2008

Condemned Black Ballots

“The ballots had been thrown; they were all black, and Justine was condemned” (72).

Voting was originally done using wooden balls that were placed into a box or urn. Ivory colored balls were used in favor of the accused, while black balls were used to condemn the accused. This allowed for a secret vote, keeping those voting safe from persecution. This method of voting was used until the 19th Century.

Works Cited:
"Blackballing." Wikipedia. 5 Aug. 2008. 24 Aug. 2008

"History of Voting Machines." Glencoe. 18 Aug. 2008

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