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Enrolling The People

Wigmore and the Australian Ballot

In 1889 a young Boston lawyer Henry Wigmore published a book The Australian Ballot System as Embodied in the Legislation of Various Countries[1]. This was on the cusp of the wave of Australian ballot reform in his country, which Wigmore enthusiastically endorsed. Here's an interview with the author in the New York Times Feb 4 1889 pg 8