The 1960 Election Day Kidnappings

The United States saw a record-high voter turnout of 63% in 1960 despite a record-high in kidnappings at polling places. The number of missing is estimated at 92 victims across 11 states.


A cautious voter leaves her voting booth after hearing of the kidnappings.

Authorities believe that the kidnappers were working together across multiple states, and all appear to have been volunteer workers who were helping out at the polls. An anonymous source believes that the volunteer workers slipped into the voting booths to wait for dutiful voters. Many voting booths in 1960 were made of a thick, heavy fabric that extended almost completely to the floor, enabling devious volunteers to quietly wait unseen before they attacked.

As reports of missing persons began to pop up across the nation, authorities investigated the polls and found hidden doors in the back of several of the booths. These doors led to the outside of the building the booths were in. Very little evidence was ever found at the scene of the kidnappings. None of the victims were ever heard from.


A suspicious-looking volunteer plotting over a precinct map.

At day’s end, John F. Kennedy was elected President of the United States. He never learned of the kidnappings – neither did the unaffected American public.

Protect Yourself at the Polls.

– Only show volunteers the required information to avoid identity theft.

– Do not leave your children with a volunteer, no matter how cute and aged the volunteers may be.

– Do not let volunteers escort you to a certain voting booth.

– Peek under each voting booth curtain to ensure that no volunteer is in the booth.

– Do not allow them to place the “I Voted” sticker on your person. Accept the sticker by hand.


5 Responses to “The 1960 Election Day Kidnappings”

  1. 1 Tedford November 4, 2008 at 9:50 am

    We have only you to thank for our safety! Thank you so much for sharing these helpful hints with us. We need to be extra careful this year since there is so much controversy with the political candidates. Who knows who all 92 of those victims were voting for in 1960? Who knows if there vote would have really made a difference. My fellow brothers and sisters of America, protect yourselves today, be careful and be brave!

  2. 2 The History Bluff November 4, 2008 at 10:45 am


    We are delighted to see that you regard your personal safety so highly. Unfortunately we do not know who those people were voting for. Apparently they were nabbed immediately after they closed the booth’s curtain behind them. Please spread the word about this event that has been covered up by the government.

    Thank you,
    The History Bluff

  3. 3 Jon E November 4, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    I was kidnapped while at a polling station when I was 19. They had me for 15 days and did all sorts of tests on me.

  4. 4 The History Bluff November 4, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Jon, that’s extraordinary!

    This is what The History Bluff is all about: Exposing history and the evil deeds that have been covered up by government corruption or unscrupulous historians who have gone with the flow. More people should know about what happened during the election day during 1960.

    Tell us, who were these people who captured you? What tests, if we may ask, were done by your captors? Did they kidnap you before or after you voted?

    We wish you happiness as you may still be recovering from this ordeal,
    The History Bluff

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