Sussex Electors 1832
As a result of the Great Reform Act of 1832, the electoral franchise was expanded to include the owners or tenants of buildings worth a minimum of £10 per annum. Although this was a small step on the road to universal sufferage at the time it was considered a dramatic development, as the number of electors in different constituencies increased sharply. For example, the parish of Ashburnham had three electors in 1820 and twelve in 1832 while Ditchling mustered seven and fifteen for the same years.
The list of Registered Electors that was prepared for Sussex in 1832 was not therefore a large list (compared to the total population) but an important one as it contained the names of the newly enfranchised and their parishes of residence. Given that it was a "working document", it also recorded how each elector voted and additional information relating to the political persuasion and influence then operating in the County of Sussex.
The List of Registered Electors is therefore of value to all those interested in political, local and family history.
Over 2,000 names are included. Fully Indexed.
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Cat. No. PBN73