Many times we focus on the importance of our ability to vote, but we often do not think of the location where we cast our ballot.
Firehouses, city halls, and courthouses all seem to have been popular places historically, as in 1890 in Jackson the city held polling at the following locations. (“Election Proclamation” Clarion-Ledger [Jackson, MS] 12 June 1890. Page 2)
North Ward: Hook and Ladder Hall
West Ward: West Jackson Engine House
South Ward: City Hall
In 1922, having grown considerably over the past 30 years, the city of Jackson had the following voting places for its nine wards. (“New Registration in Ordered for Jackson; Voting Precincts in City are Increased from Six to Nine” Jackson Daily News [Jackson, MS] 12 January 1922. Page 8)
Ward 1: Old Capitol
Ward 2: City Hall
Ward 3: Century Building
Ward 4: Daniels Building
Ward 5: West Jackson Fire Station
Ward 6: Sistrunk Store
Ward 7: Salvation Army Headquarters, Roach Street
Ward 8: Brady & Larkins store, Gallatin Street
Ward 9: McNeil Brothers Store (corner Poindexter and Capitol)
Jackson had a big population, with the need for many polling locations. Rural voters polling places may have looked quite different. In 1895, the Weekly Democrat announced that the Adams County supervisors decided to change a voting precinct from the Beverly Plantation to the Robins Bayou Schoolhouse. (“The Supervisors” the Weekly Democrat [Natchez, MS] 16 October 1895. Page 2)
Some rural areas constructed small buildings specifically for the purpose of voting.
Where do you recall voting taking place in your community?
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