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What Are Your Thoughts On This Absent Voters Ballot Cover From 1960 Kennedy's Win.

 
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Posted 03/02/2021   08:29 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add evusia to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This ballot was sent from Nepal, I cant find anywhere online any absent voter cover. I am curious what do you think? Shouldn't this cover be stored somewhere with ballots? How did it end up in estate collection?


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Posted 03/02/2021   10:29 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The images are too grainy to see anything. (add: edited photos better now.)

The point of an outer certifying envelopes and an inner ballot is to separate them after receipt and then count the now-anonymous ballots. Ballots would be retained for only a short amount of time - until they are certified and any challenge deadline passed, after which they would be destroyed. The envelopes might be kept for the same amount of time. No doubt retention laws differed from time to time and place to place. No doubt an election worker (or janitor charged with disposing of them) liked the foreign-origin envelope and salvaged it once the ballot had been removed. No jurisdiction would be storing ballots or envelopes after 60 years.

Add: the most commonly encountered ballot mailings are from WWII (dozens of them on eBay all the time), both the ballot-request mailing from the soldier and the ballot-return envelope, often saved for the APO postmarks.
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Edited by John Becker - 03/02/2021 10:42 am
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Posted 03/02/2021   10:35 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add evusia to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
John thank you for your response it all makes sense. I've updated the pictures.(I am new to this website and still trying to figure out how to make it work)
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Posted 03/03/2021   10:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DrewM to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, as John says, that's the mailing envelop for the ballot which would typically have been put into another envelope which is the one that the vote counters see. The outer mailing envelope is much more interesting, though, if it's like this one all the way from Kathmandu! This one was for the Kennedy-Nixon election of 1960, as you must know.
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Posted 03/03/2021   10:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I wonder if it made it in time.
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Love the 1 Rupee Birds on cover.
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Posted 03/06/2021   08:36 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
What a great cover.
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