Louisville Adopts Secret Ballot

1888

For the majority of the 19th century, voters obtained their ballots from their political parties. In response to accusations of ballot fraud and vote buying in this presidential election year, the city of Louisville, Ky., adopts the secret ballot system used in the Australian territory of New South Wales. The Australian ballot cast secretly was a single ticket of uniform size with the names of the candidates arranged in party groups. The following year, New York will become the first state to officially adopt the Australian ballot for its elections.