First Lady, wife of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Document signed “Mamie Doud Eisenhower”, entitled “Affidavit and Application to the Board of Elections for Absentee Voters Ballots”. Dated August 27, 1952, the wife of the Republican candidate for President handwrites the circumstances for her absence as “accompanying Husband on his tour of campaign as candidate of Pres. of U.S.” She asks for the ballot to be sent to “750 Lafayette Street, Denver, Colorado“, the home address of his wife’s parents.
The document measures 8.5×14 and has a horizontal fold.
Absentee ballots were not always controversial, but were a part of the basic framework of elections since the late 19th century. Given her busy schedule, Mamie prepares in advance to ensure her ability to vote for her husband for President – and he would ultimately convincingly win the November 4, 1952 election over Adlai Stevenson.
From the family of James Siket, Executive Director of the New York City Board of Elections at the time.