Florida. Office of Secretary of State.
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Statehood election returns, 1845
3.00 cubic ft.
Biographical / Historical:
The 1845 statehood election was held on May 26, 1845, two months after the proclamation of statehood. This was the first election that was held after Florida was admitted to the Union. Those who were allowed to vote were all free white males over the age of twenty-one, citizens of the United States, residents of Florida, and were enrolled in the militia or were exempt by law from military duty. Two copies of the returns were made; one which was sent to the Committee of the Constitutional Convention, and the other to the Secretary of the Territory.
The series contains the original returns from the May 26, 1845 statehood election. The returns contain the name of each voter, the county in which they voted, and the precinct in which the election was held. Included in the returns are a few militia rolls which were used to identify voters.