Ballot box

Ballot box, Eighteenth century
Mahogany with brass handles and ivory labels
36 x 24 x 32 (cm)
Society of Antiquaries of London
 Probably acquired in 1784, this ballot box is an early example of those still in use today at Society elections, although postal and on-line voting are also used. The circular opening of the box enables a voter to insert a hand and drop a cork ball into either the yea or no partition. Failure to be elected is known as being 'blackballed'.
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