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"Through the Ages: The Power of Voting" From gerrymandering to empowering war workers, it has always played a crucial role in shaping our society

Background imageVoting Collection: GERRYMANDER CARTOON, 1812. The Gerry-Mander! Cartoon comment, 1812, by Elkanah

GERRYMANDER CARTOON, 1812. The Gerry-Mander! Cartoon comment, 1812, by Elkanah Tisdale on the action of Governor Elbridge Gerry

Background imageVoting Collection: Liberal Party Poster; Attack Poverty

Liberal Party Poster; Attack Poverty
A Liberal Party Poster telling the electorate to Attack Poverty by voting Liberal, from the 1920 s

Background imageVoting Collection: Welders, or For Full Employment After the War. Poster, 1944, by Ben Shahn for the Congress of

Welders, or For Full Employment After the War. Poster, 1944, by Ben Shahn for the Congress of Industrial Organizations
WWII: EMPLOYMENT POSTER. Welders, or For Full Employment After the War. Poster, 1944, by Ben Shahn for the Congress of Industrial Organizations

Background imageVoting Collection: Liberal Election Campaign Card, 1909

Liberal Election Campaign Card, 1909
A Liberal Party campaign card for the 1909 General Election. A grim image of an elderly couple heading for the workhouse is contrasted with the partys vision of sunlit fields of waving corn

Background imageVoting Collection: VOTER REGISTRATION POSTER. A Congress of Industrial Organization sponsored voter registration

VOTER REGISTRATION POSTER. A Congress of Industrial Organization sponsored voter registration poster by Ben Shahn, 1946

Background imageVoting Collection: Balloting for the coal strike, Wheatsheaf Colliery, Pendlebury, January 1912, (c1920)

Balloting for the coal strike, Wheatsheaf Colliery, Pendlebury, January 1912, (c1920). Artist: Topical Press Agency
Balloting for the coal strike, Wheatsheaf Colliery, Pendlebury, near Manchester, January 1912, (c1920). Illustration from Story of the British Nation, Volume IV, by Walter Hutchinson, (London, c1920s)

Background imageVoting Collection: Election poster, The Great Naval Eclipse

Election poster, The Great Naval Eclipse 1900 to 1910, a vote for the radicals is a vote against the British Navy. circa 1910s

Background imageVoting Collection: Illustration of hand placing voting slip in ballot box

Illustration of hand placing voting slip in ballot box

Background imageVoting Collection: HOGARTH: ELECTION. Canvassing for Votes. Engraving after the etching by William Hogarth (1697-1764)

HOGARTH: ELECTION. Canvassing for Votes. Engraving after the etching by William Hogarth (1697-1764)

Background imageVoting Collection: Womens Vote

Womens Vote
1853: A cartoon about the effects of giving women the vote with the ladies candidate being a dashing young man and the mens just the opposite

Background imageVoting Collection: Voting on the National Health Service Act, 1948

Voting on the National Health Service Act, 1948
Counting of votes in the British Medical Association plebiscite on the National Health Service Act at BMA House, Tavistock Square, London. 1948

Background imageVoting Collection: Votes for women - Boye, Bertha Margaret (1883-1930) - 1911-1913 - Colour lithograph - Private

Votes for women - Boye, Bertha Margaret (1883-1930) - 1911-1913 - Colour lithograph - Private Collection
FIA5397241 Votes for women - Boye, Bertha Margaret (1883-1930) - 1911-1913 - Colour lithograph - Private Collection by Boye

Background imageVoting Collection: The Election III The Polling, 1754-55 (oil on canvas)

The Election III The Polling, 1754-55 (oil on canvas)
SJS1998 The Election III The Polling, 1754-55 (oil on canvas) by Hogarth, William (1697-1764); 101.5x127 cm; Courtesy of the Trustees of Sir John Soanes Museum

Background imageVoting Collection: Should Women Mix in Politix? Nix!, 1909

Should Women Mix in Politix? Nix!, 1909
3742825 Should Women Mix in Politix? Nix!, 1909 by English School, (20th century); (add.info.: An anti-suffrage postcard showing how caddy women can be as two fancy ladies try to scratch each others)

Background imageVoting Collection: Republican Italy, Votate per la monarchia, Pro-monarchy propaganda poster depicting the family of

Republican Italy, Votate per la monarchia, Pro-monarchy propaganda poster depicting the family of Umberto II of Savoy
Italy - 20th century - Republican Italy. Votate per la monarchia. Pro-monarchy propaganda poster depicting the family of Umberto II of Savoy

Background imageVoting Collection: MAINE: WOMENs SUFFRAGE. Tomorrows the Day. Women listening at the door as the Maine State

MAINE: WOMENs SUFFRAGE. Tomorrows the Day. Women listening at the door as the Maine State Legislature votes on an act to grant women the right to vote for presidential electors

Background imageVoting Collection: Women trying to vote at New York polling station, 1871

Women trying to vote at New York polling station, 1871
Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927), noted American feminist, with her sister Jennie Claflin, try to vote in the New York election of 1871, but are turned away

Background imageVoting Collection: DUNKLEY BYELECTION

DUNKLEY BYELECTION
Deputy Prime Minister of Australia Richard Marles poses with supporters at a Labor party function at the Frankston Bowling Club during polling day for the Dunkley by-election in Frankston, Melbourne

Background imageVoting Collection: Fisher Bendix Factory, Kirkby, workers vote overwhelmingly to carry on their occupation

Fisher Bendix Factory, Kirkby, workers vote overwhelmingly to carry on their occupation of the premises, Friday 7th January 1972

Background imageVoting Collection: Model Jan Burdette wearing a collection of rosettes on the day of the General Election

Model Jan Burdette wearing a collection of rosettes on the day of the General Election. 27th February 1974

Background imageVoting Collection: 19th Amendment Votes for Women Illustration

19th Amendment Votes for Women Illustration
Illustration promoting votes for women with hand drawn lettering

Background imageVoting Collection: The Illustrated London News Election Map - 1906

The Illustrated London News Election Map - 1906 - The electoral battlefield at a glance: Candidates and Constituencies by A Hugh Fisher. Date: 1906

Background imageVoting Collection: The Ulster Slogan - Vote Early and Vote Often - woman voting

The Ulster Slogan - Vote Early and Vote Often - woman voting
Woman seen voting during the Ulster elections of 1921. Date: 1921

Background imageVoting Collection: A Squelcher for Woman Suffrage, Puck magazine cover illustration, June 6

A Squelcher for Woman Suffrage, Puck magazine cover illustration, June 6
3709898 A Squelcher for Woman Suffrage, Puck magazine cover illustration, June 6, 1894 (colour litho) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageVoting Collection: Labour leader Neil Kinnock and his wife Glenys at Pontllanfraith, South Wales

Labour leader Neil Kinnock and his wife Glenys at Pontllanfraith, South Wales, on the day of the 1992 General Election. 9th April 1992

Background imageVoting Collection: Presidential elections in Germany March- April 1925. They were the first direct

Presidential elections in Germany March- April 1925. They were the first direct elections to the office of President of the Reich (ReichsprŠsident)

Background imageVoting Collection: Trudy Sellick, the youngest ever voter, aged 18 and 3 hours old

Trudy Sellick, the youngest ever voter, aged 18 and 3 hours old, casts her vote at the Bridgewater Bi-Elections Somerset, England. Trudy Sellick of North Newton, Somerset, turned 18 on polling day

Background imageVoting Collection: 152 year old Shirin Baba Gasanov casts his vote in the local elections in Russia

152 year old Shirin Baba Gasanov casts his vote in the local elections in Russia. May 1969 P004689

Background imageVoting Collection: William Hogarth Four Humours of an Election Canvassing for Votes

William Hogarth Four Humours of an Election Canvassing for Votes
Vintage engraving of showing a scene from William Hogarths Humours of an Election. They illustrate the election of a member of parliament in Oxfordshire in 1754

Background imageVoting Collection: An Ugly Rush!, 1870. Artist: Joseph Swain

An Ugly Rush!, 1870. Artist: Joseph Swain
An Ugly Rush!, 1870. Womans Vote Bill. A stout John Bull, the representative of the British people or, in this case, British men

Background imageVoting Collection: Ireland, County Wexford, New Ross-Dunganstown, Kennedy Homestead, ancestral home of

Ireland, County Wexford, New Ross-Dunganstown, Kennedy Homestead, ancestral home of Kennedy family, US President J.F. Kennedy election display

Background imageVoting Collection: Advert, Patent Portable Election Fittings

Advert, Patent Portable Election Fittings by Flere & Mills Limited, London Date: 1903

Background imageVoting Collection: German elections 1912

German elections 1912
Illustration showing how inside the Reichstag is divided and how the German parities were decided at the dissolution. The above view shows the semi-circular floor of the House

Background imageVoting Collection: Communist Party members voting

Communist Party members voting
Communist Party delegates (including Janey Glen from Yorkshire, centre) voting in London against American bases in Britain for Cruise missiles. Date: 1982

Background imageVoting Collection: Polling Station, Referendum Day, 5 June 1975

Polling Station, Referendum Day, 5 June 1975
Scene outside a Polling Station in the London Borough of Wandsworth, 5 June 1975. A Referendum was being held on the UK's membership of the EEC (now the EU), which it had joined in 1973

Background imageVoting Collection: Suffragette Movement Social Political Union Wspu

Suffragette Movement Social Political Union Wspu
suffragette, movement, social, political, union, wspu, arrested, suffragettes, prison, hunger, strike, pankhurst, charlotte, marsh, charlie, women, woman, female, suffrage, voting, rights, force

Background imageVoting Collection: Charlotte Marsh (1887 - 1961)

Charlotte Marsh (1887 - 1961)
Charlotte Marsh, one of the leading figures in the suffragette movement. A promininent member of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), she was arrested several times

Background imageVoting Collection: Joe Bent, Communist Party politician in Southwark, London

Joe Bent, Communist Party politician in Southwark, London
Joe Bent (Spencer John Bent) Communist Party politician in Southwark, south-east London. Seen here outside a Polling Station, talking with a voter

Background imageVoting Collection: VOTING FOR PIUS XII

VOTING FOR PIUS XII
After the death of Pius XI, the cardinals gather in the Sistine Chapel of the Vatican, where they will elect Eugenio Pacelli as Pius XII Date: February 1939

Background imageVoting Collection: 3673501

3673501

Background imageVoting Collection: The Catch of the Season, editorial cartoon, 1917 (print)

The Catch of the Season, editorial cartoon, 1917 (print)
4073067 The Catch of the Season, editorial cartoon, 1917 (print) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Catch of the Season)

Background imageVoting Collection: At Last, illustration of female warrior celebrating Woman's Franchise, Punch, January 23

At Last, illustration of female warrior celebrating Woman's Franchise, Punch, January 23, 1918 (print)
4073068 At Last, illustration of female warrior celebrating Woman's Franchise, Punch, January 23, 1918 (print) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: At Last)

Background imageVoting Collection: Emmeline Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst
3787311 Emmeline Pankhurst; (add.info.: Emmeline Pankhurst - portrait. British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement. 15 July 1858 - 14 June 1928)

Background imageVoting Collection: Suffragettes in front of the Lafayette Memorial 1913 (photo)

Suffragettes in front of the Lafayette Memorial 1913 (photo)
685768 Suffragettes in front of the Lafayette Memorial 1913 (photo) by Harris & Ewing (1905-45); (add.info.: Suffragettes in front of the Lafayette Memorial)

Background imageVoting Collection: Street Car advertising the Susan B. Anthony Pageant, 1915 (b/w photo)

Street Car advertising the Susan B. Anthony Pageant, 1915 (b/w photo)
3964102 Street Car advertising the Susan B. Anthony Pageant, 1915 (b/w photo) by Harris & Ewing (1905-45); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageVoting Collection: Suffragist Lucy Branham burns the 'hollow phrases' of President Woodrow Wilson across from

Suffragist Lucy Branham burns the "hollow phrases" of President Woodrow Wilson across from the White House
4073013 Suffragist Lucy Branham burns the "hollow phrases" of President Woodrow Wilson across from the White House

Background imageVoting Collection: Come to the White House Sunday at 3 1913 (photo)

Come to the White House Sunday at 3 1913 (photo)
685760 Come to the White House Sunday at 3 1913 (photo) by Harris & Ewing (1905-45); (add.info.: Marchers with Banners" Come to the White House Sunday at 3); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageVoting Collection: Women with Festoons march in DC Parade 1914 (photo)

Women with Festoons march in DC Parade 1914 (photo)
685771 Women with Festoons march in DC Parade 1914 (photo) by Harris & Ewing (1905-45); (add.info.: Women with Festoons march in DC Parade); Universal History Archive/UIG



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"Through the Ages: The Power of Voting" From gerrymandering to empowering war workers, it has always played a crucial role in shaping our society. In 1812, Elkanah's "The Gerry-Mander. " cartoon shed light on the manipulation of electoral districts, reminding us that fair representation is essential for democracy. During World War II, Ben Shahn's poster urged welders and other war workers to register and vote in the presidential election of 1944. It emphasized their contribution to the nation and encouraged them to exercise their democratic right. In 1909, liberal parties campaigned against poverty with powerful posters and campaign cards. They recognized that voting was not only a political act but also an opportunity to address social issues and create positive change. Ben Shahn continued his advocacy for voter registration in 1946 with a Congress of Industrial Organization sponsored poster. This highlighted the importance of active participation in elections as a means to influence policies that affect working-class communities. The image depicting balloting for the coal strike at Wheatsheaf Colliery in January 1912 reminds us that they are be instrumental in protecting workers' rights and ensuring fair labor practices. Illustrations capturing hands placing voting slips into ballot boxes symbolize individuals exercising their voice through this fundamental democratic process. These images serve as a reminder that every vote counts towards shaping our collective future. William Hogarth's engraving from centuries ago depicted canvassing for votes, highlighting how political campaigns have been an integral part of elections throughout history. It shows how engaging voters directly has long been seen as vital for success. Questions arose about women's involvement in politics; however, suffragettes fought tirelessly until they won the right to vote. Their determination paved the way for gender equality within electoral processes worldwide. Election posters like "The Great Naval Eclipse" demonstrate how important it is for citizens to make informed decisions based on candidates' policies and promises.