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SANTILLI, Daniel. El unanimismo en la campaña: Las actividades políticas en la zona rural de Buenos Aires entre Rivadavia y Rosas Quilmes, 1821-1839. Prohistoria [online]. 2009, vol.12, pp.41-67. ISSN 1851-9504.

This article explores the political activities in the district (partido) of Quilmes since the introduction of the suffrage act until 1839, using election records, classification lists of unitarios and federales issued by the "jueces de paz" (district judges) in 1830 and 1831, confiscation lists against alleged unitarios and the lists of citizens exempted from direct tax for services rendered to the Confederation. It is possible to establish a ratio between voters and the total population enabled to vote, as well as its evolution and frequency of participation. Many voters did not recur in consecutives elections and a significant number of votes were cast by people without any other record in the district. The verification of the fact that in the initial elections people voted for different candidates (as there was not a single list yet) suggests that unanimity was built in the countryside of Buenos Aires the same way it was going to be set up later in the city. Moreover, matching the lists of voters and the list of exempt tax payers allows us to understand how the Rosas regime rewarded loyalty and political participation at the polls, or how such support was bargained.

Keywords : Countryside of Buenos Aires; Politics; Rosas's regime; Electoral law.

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