Elections

Story of Presidential Elections Told through Buttons and Banner Headlines

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A new exhibit of historical campaign memorabilia is located in the Rotunda of the Union County Court complex in midtown Elizabeth, from now until November. Credits: County of Union, NJ
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ELIZABETH, NJ –  Union County residents can take a break from the current political quarrels and take a step back in time to view a new exhibit of unique presidential campaign memorabilia from years past, invites Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi.

The open-to-the-public exhibition is housed in the historic Courthouse Rotunda from now until November, and includes campaign buttons, original newspaper clips and historic election results along with ballot memorabilia.

“If you are old enough to recall the days when candidates battled it out on newsprint, or if you were born into the digital age, this collection is designed to spark memories and prompt new insights into the many ways in which our democracy communicates,” said Ms. Rajoppi. “I hope this exhibit inspires Union County residents to engage in the process.”

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“The new exhibit also adds visual interest and depth to our online repository of Presidential Election history,” Ms. Rajoppi added. The County Clerk’s website, ucnj.org/county-clerk, now includes statistics and candidates for Presidential Primaries and General Elections from 1920 to 2012.

The Courthouse Rotunda is a designated historic landmark located at the front of the County Courthouse complex, at 2 Broad Street in the heart of the midtown Elizabeth shopping district. It is easily accessible by mass transit, and ample public parking is located nearby at the J. Christian Bollwage Parking Garage.

The exhibit is designed to grow as the 2016 election season progresses. Union County residents who would like to contribute their personal memorabilia can contact Donna Connell at 908-527-4787.

Ms. Rajoppi also publishes the annual Election Calendar featuring historical photographs and other images along with important election dates and deadlines. Copies of the 2016 Election Calendar are still available. To have a free copy mailed to you, use the online request form at ucnj.org/county-clerk.

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