Here's a sample ballot from the city election of December, 1912. It appears the city clerk has used it to record the final tally from the election. It's interesting that city elections were partisan in that era. They are now non-partisan in Oregon, as are county offices.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Surprised that a sample ballot existed back then.
Longshot on 6th November 2018 @ 7:11am
It seems odd they would have city elections in December instead of combining them with the federal elections in November. November 5, 1912 was a presidential election.
Arthur on 6th November 2018 @ 9:12am
I wish our ballot was this simple.
Where are all the initiatives?
L.E. on 6th November 2018 @ 10:26am
There were 37 initiatives on the ballot in 1912, including women's suffrage (passed) but they all happened in November. This December election seems to be just city offices.
Arthur on 6th November 2018 @ 4:54pm
Interesting. 37 initiatives. Wow.
I remember my husbands grandmother complaining about people not getting out to vote. She talked about when she was given the right to vote and it was very important to her.
L.E. on 6th November 2018 @ 6:03pm
I am left wondering what those designations in the right column mean and the different combinations. Were these the local party designations of the day? Were some of the candidates members of more than one party?
kmb on 7th November 2018 @ 6:22am
Yes, kmb, they were party designations. Local elections were partisan in that era. Not sure when most city/ counties in Oregon became non-partisan. Multiple parties often endorsed the same candidate-- still happens today, but there are fewer parties.
Arthur on 7th November 2018 @ 1:36pm