Biennially Calvin Coolidge used to board a special train, whisk off to Northampton, Mass., drop his vote marked with a cautious x into the ballot box. His electoral duty done, that President would then whisk back to Washington. In 1928 Herbert Hoover went to Palo Alto to drop his vote and hear election returns which put him into the White House. His ballot in 1930 was cast by mail. In 1932 he crossed the continent for the first and only time during his Presidency, again to vote and...

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