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Bergen County Historical Society : Local Taverns often Served as Polling Places

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

New Bridge Landing NJ, according to the Bergen County Historical Society , in New Jersey in the early 1800s, local taverns often served as polling places. Women and people of color joined other legal voters to cast their ballots in taverns marked by signs like the one pictured here, featured in our new exhibit When Women Lost the Vote.

The photo is courtesy of the Bergen County Historical Society .This sign, featuring a painted portrait of Democratic-Republican President Thomas Jefferson, hung over John Hopper’s tavern in Bergen County. Despite efforts to prevent voters from facing partisan pressure, elections often took place where party loyalties were on full display. This sign is featured in our new exhibit When Women Lost the Vote, on loan from Bergen County Historical Society to the Museum of the American Revolution.

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