M997.53.55 | Haitian Ballot

Drawing, cartoon
Haitian Ballot
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
1991, 20th century
21 x 21.4 cm
Gift of Mr. Terry Mosher
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , politics (10928)
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Keys to History

While offering hope and an opportunity for change, the presidential election in Haiti in December 1990 was marred by violence and overt signs of instability, as symbolized by the ill treatment suffered by this ballot paper.

  • What

    After the dictatorship of the Duvaliers, Haiti sought to become democratic in the late 1980s. In spite of the hopes raised by the presidential election, the country was still plagued by the instability that forced the victor, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, into exile soon after taking office.

  • Where

    Haiti occupies the western end of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Dominican Republic.

  • When

    The first presidential election in Haiti's history was held on December 16, 1990. President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was sworn in on February 7, 1991.

  • Who

    Some 1.6 million Haitians cast ballots, but hundreds of thousands abstained.