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Wisconsin Pocket Ballot and Coupon Voting System Referendum, Question 1 (April 1906)
This referendum sought to approve a law to allow pocket ballot and coupon voting systems. The pocket ballot and coupon voting system was new and unique secret voting system proposed by Moncena Dunn of Marshfield, Wisconsin, which involved using colored paper and sealed envelops to identify voting preferences. While the system was defeated for mandatory statewide use, it was later approved for optional county level use.
Official results via: Wisconsin Blue Book 2011 - 2012
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
"Shall Chapter 522 of the Laws of 1905, entitled ‘An act to provide for the use of the pocket ballot and coupon voting system, and to amend Section 45 of the Statutes of 1898,’ be adopted?"
Supporting arguments included:
- The system would help ensure a greater level of voting secrecy and accuracy.
Opposition arguments included:
- The system might be too complicated for the average voter and for the average ballot inspector.
Path to the ballot
- Submission of law: Ch.522 (1905)
- Wisconsin Blue Book 2011 - 2012
- Election notice in the Milwaukee Journal, Apr 2, 1906
- Discussion of the Pocket Ballot system in The American Political Science Review, 1910
- Dunn's Pocket Ballot Patent: No. 830,979
- Wikipedia entry on Moncena Dunn