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Campaigning at Case: Presidential Elections, 1892-2008
1928: Voting Machines

Voting machines were used in WRU’s straw vote for the first time. The campus Republican and Democratic clubs along with the student newspaper, The Reserve Weekly, sponsored the vote. The vote count, disputed or not, was not reported.

The Red Cat did a spoof of the first choice of the straw vote.
The Republican Party took out an ad for presidential candidate Herbert Hoover in the WRU humor publication, Red Cat.
The League of Women Voters enabled women to become informed about politicial issues, political parties, and candidates for public office.
Voting machines were brought to campus for the first time to ensure an accurate tabulation of votes.

Ohio Popular Vote
National Popular Vote
Electoral Vote
Herbert C. Hoover (R) 1,627,546 (64.9%)
Alfred E. Smith (D) 864,210 (34.5%)
Norman M. Thomas (Socialist) 8,683 (.4%)
William Frederick Varney (Prohibition) 3,556 (.1%)
William Z. Foster (Communist) 2,836 (.1%)
Verne L. Reynolds (Socialist Labor) 1,515 (.1%)
Herbert C. Hoover (R) 21,411,991 (58.2%)
Alfred E. Smith (D) 15,000,185 (40.77%)
Norman M. Thomas (Socialist) 266,453 (.72%)
William Z. Foster (Communist) 48,170 (.13%)
William Frederick Varney (Prohibition) 34,489 (.09%)
Verne L. Reynolds (Socialist Labor) 21,608 (.6%)
Herbert C. Hoover (R) 442
Alfred E. Smith (D) 87

Information was compiled by staff of the Case Western Reserve University Archives, September 2004.