October 31, 2020

30 vintage photos documenting voters and elections in Detroit through the years

It might be hard to remember anything other than the political turmoil of the last three and a half years. But thanks to the incredible photo collection from the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs at Wayne State University, we have a look back on other election seasons. We may not be able to change the past, but the future is absolutely up to us. So, reminisce, feel remorse if needed, and remember to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 3

All photos used courtesy of Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University/Virtual Motor City collection.

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Voting machine.
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Voting machine.

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Voting machine.
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Voting machine.

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Voting machine.
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Voting machine.

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Crowds waiting to vote. (1928) 
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Crowds waiting to vote. (1928)

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Workers checking ballots in basement cafeteria of City-County bldg. after breakdown of new punch-card voting system. (1970)
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Workers checking ballots in basement cafeteria of City-County bldg. after breakdown of new punch-card voting system. (1970)

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President Gerald R. Ford at U of M, Ann Arbor, to kick off his campaign for the November election. (1976)
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President Gerald R. Ford at U of M, Ann Arbor, to kick off his campaign for the November election. (1976)

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President Gerald R. Ford at U of M, Ann Arbor, to kick off his campaign for the November election. (1976)
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President Gerald R. Ford at U of M, Ann Arbor, to kick off his campaign for the November election. (1976)

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U. S. Senator Hubert H. Humphrey with Presidential candidate in Detroit. (1972) 
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U. S. Senator Hubert H. Humphrey with Presidential candidate in Detroit. (1972)

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John F. Kennedy in Detroit.
Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy (left) with campaign supporters in Detroit (Michigan lieutenant governor and gubernatorial candidate John B. Swainson is on his left).
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John F. Kennedy in Detroit.

Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy (left) with campaign supporters in Detroit (Michigan lieutenant governor and gubernatorial candidate John B. Swainson is on his left).
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John F. Kennedy in Detroit.
Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy with campaign supporters in Detroit.
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John F. Kennedy in Detroit.

Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy with campaign supporters in Detroit.
All photos courtesy of Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University