At this time there was no secret ballot and Poll Books recorded how each elector voted and were available for scrutiny on demand. During the year 1837 there was a general election following the death of King William IV. A Poll Book in the County Archives shows how the voters in the electoral register voted. Colonel Wood of Gwernyfed was returned as Conservative member for the County as he had been six times before. He continued to represent the constituency until 1847 by which time he had served for forty years. As it was members of the great landowning families or their protegés who contested the seats, tenants and businessmen who relied on their patronage no doubt came under pressure at election time.
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