Beans for Ballots

Trivia: Who were the first Igorots to vote in a U.S. presidential election? The St. Louis Public Library gives us the answer:

The Fair’s Philippine Reservation included villages for the three Igorot groups, the Bontocs, Suyocs, and Tingguianes. In the Philippines, the Igorots were farmers and miners.

Several Igorots showed an interest in the presidential election of 1904 and asked to be able to cast their ballots.

In response, two polling places were established in the Igorot village. Photographs of the two candidates Theodore Roosevelt and Alton B. Parker were placed over Igorot gongs; beans serving as ballots. Roosevelt carried the election, 83 to 2.

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