Sussex Poll 1820
Legislation was passed in 1696 requiring Returning Officers to provide, if requested, a record of each poll held in their constituencies. This record needed to include details of the candidates, the electors and an indication of how they voted.
Prior to the Great Reform Act the franchise in a rural county like Sussex was restricted to those men of 21 and over in possession of freehold lands or tenements whose annual net value was 40/- or more. The Sussex Poll record of 1820 details who these electors (Freeholders) were, their place of abode, where the freehold lies and of what it consists, who the occupier of the freehold is, the candidates and an indication of for whom each elector voted.
The List of Registered Electors is therefore of value to all those interested in political, local and family history.
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Cat. No. PBN97