Elections before the secret ballot: the Bristol Poll Book of 1852

By John Stevens

Issue 2 (New Series) 2019, Page 38-43

Bristol’s last Poll Book was published in 1852.  Poll Books include the personal details of voters such as their names, profession and address. Furthermore, these Poll Books can be valuable pieces of historical evidence. Stevens’ article offers a critical study of the 1852 Bristol Poll Book, shedding light on the voting intentions and political views of different parishes, classes, families and professions. 

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