A recipe from the days when only men had the right to vote. Election cake was traditionally served on Election Day, which was also Muster Day in New England. Muster Day was held twice a year, in accordance with the law, providing the spectacle of the community's militia on parade in full uniform. Everyone turned out to see the parade followed by the sham battle in "defense" of the hill. From the US Regional Cookbook, Chicago Culinary Arts Institute, 1947. Overnight rising not included in preparation time.