1808.051: General Ticket Law of January 1800.

Published: 1808

Full Title: [General ticket law].

Author: Virginia. General Assembly.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Samuel Pleasants

Description: Unrecorded


No copy known extant; Swem recorded this title from voucher to Pleasants, who was paid on June 23, 1809, for printing 25 copies for statewide distribution; that count matched that for a circular letter to officials overseeing the election of presidential electors (1808.051), evincing that it served as a cover letter for a recirculation of this law among those overseers; this so-called "General Ticket Law" had been enacted in January 1800 (Chap. I of Acts of November 1799 Assembly) to compel voters to cast ballots for a slate of electors (the ticket) rather than for individual electors, thereby removing the possibility that electors would cast their ballots in the Electoral College for anyone other than the candidate to whom the slate was pledged; that law was still in effect during the 1808 presidential election.

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