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Ballot Box, Electoral College


TitleBallot Box, Electoral College
Artist/MakerSenate Sergeant at Arms Cabinet Shop
Date1968
MediumMahogany
Dimensions h. 9 x  w. 18 x  d. 10 in. ( h. 22.9 x  w. 45.7 x  d. 25.4 cm)
Credit LineU.S. Senate Collection
Accession Number79.00001.001


  • Object Description
  • The United States Constitution provides for the election of the president and vice president by an electoral college. Electors cast ballots on the basis of the popular vote in each state. Certificates that attest to each state’s balloting are brought from the Senate to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber for counting by the vice president. This mahogany box held the certificates for the official tally on January 6, 1969, that confirmed the election of Richard Nixon as president.

    Mahogany boxes, similar in design to this box, have been used to carry the electoral ballots since 1877.