Voting Rights in U.S. History
Voting is one of our greatest responsibilities as citizens of this country. Here's a quick overview of the voting rights in our nation.
The only group allowed to vote were white male adult property owners.
Property ownership requirements were eliminated from the law so all white male adults were allowed to vote.
The 15th Amendment was passed which gave former African American slaves the right to vote.
Florida adopted the poll tax which eliminated poor whites and blacks from voting who were probably not able to pay the tax.
Mississippi passed the literacy tax as a way to keep African Americans from voting. Even some whites were not able to vote if they did not pass the literacy tests.
Women are granted the right to vote.
The Indian Citizenship Act gave Native Americans the right to vote when becoming citizens of this country.
The 24th Amendment eliminated the poll tax in federal elections.
Martin Luther King, Jr. draws more attention to African American rights to vote.
The poll tax is eliminated in any election.
The minimum voting age is set to 18 years of age.
The Motor Voter Law allows people to register to vote when registering or renewing a driver's license.
A number of states banned the law requiring photo ID at the voting polls. Courts also passed the right to vote on the same day as registration
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