Editor's Note: Elections in eighteenth-century Virginia were conducted quite differently than current elections. In this article, the author presents revealing descriptions of early elections in Montgomery County, Virginia immediately following the birth of the United States. The behavior and motivations of the electorate, as well as the candidates, provide interesting insight regarding the social structure o/that era.
Jud Campbell, Whiskey, Soldiers, and Voting: Western Virginia Elections in the 1790s, 15 Smithfield Rev. 65 (2011).