History of Voting in the US

  • 1776 NC Consitution

    1776 NC Consitution
    Right after the adoption the U.S Constitution, North Carolina adopted a constitution for it people and government. Only specific people were allowed to vote for the Senate and House of Commons for eligibility to vote for a Senate one must be a non-slave, 21 years of age, must be in the state for one year, and must own 50 acres of land in the state. For eligibility for the House of Commons one must be a non-slave, 21 years of age, live in the stat for a year, ans must have paid his taxes.
  • Seneca Falls Convection

    Seneca Falls Convection
    In the 1800’s did have much say in the US government and now they wanted the right that men could have. They issued many regulation but the most famous one was the ninth resolution, the right to vote. Many of the organizers gave speeches and two of them in particular, Frederick Douglass Elizabeth C. Stanton. After the convention many of the eleven resolution were accepted and passed execute the ninth resolution. This whole even continued for another convention a couple weeks later.
  • Passage of the 15th Amendment

    Passage of the 15th Amendment
    During the Reconstruction, many African American still have not gained the rights they needed in order to become full U.S Citizens. In order to fully repair the Union and give the African Americans rights they were able to pass the amendment because the government was full of Anti-Slavery politicians because of the fall of the Confederacy. This amendment gave the African American right to vote in all elections but this only applied to men not women.
  • Jim Crow Laws

    Jim Crow Laws
    Even after the African Americans fought for the people in WWII, they were still being denied to vote because of their color and race. States found many ways to stop voting turnout. The poll taxes prevent the form voting because many of them did not have sufficient money to pay, the grandfather clause prevent he also because they did not have grand pattern that could have voted during the post-Reconstruction years, and they have also been given hard sentences during the literacy test.
  • Passage of the 17th Amendment

    Passage of the 17th Amendment
    Many seat are being left vacant in the late 1800’s so congress started to think that changes are needed to be made so it can regulate the number of Senators in each state. Since the state voted on who to send as a center in the Senate, Congress wanted to make a change on who choose a person to become a US Senator. This amendment balances out the powers of the House of Representative with the rpeseantoio of the people.
  • Passage of the 19th Amendment

    Passage of the 19th Amendment
    Years before the ratification, the women that wanted voting right started with the Suffrage or Women’s Suffrage Movement gained momentum around the 1860’s with the formation of the American Equal Rights Association with it founders Elizabeth Stanton and Susan B. Anthoney. After, many decades of protest and attempt to pass the Susan B. Anthony Amendment finally passed Congress which granted full voting rights to all women across America.
  • Indian Citizenship Act

    Indian Citizenship Act
    In the Reconstruction, many Republican wanted to give the tribe that were neutral the act of citizenship. Many WWI veterans were also granted citizenship because of their sacrifices in the war but this was controlled by the federal government. The voting rights of the Native Americans were granted until later on even if they had the citizenship which was controlled by the state.
  • Passage of the 23rd Amendment

    Passage of the 23rd Amendment
    When the states of Virginia and Maryland gave land to create a federal district to harbor the capital of the nation. After building were contributed the capitals territory was named the District of Columbia. Thousands of people live in D.C but they have not say in Congress and can not choose the President since it was a head of the government. The amendment gave D.C a local government and they gotta say in the Presidential elections with three electoral votes.
  • Passage of the 24th Amendment

    Passage of the 24th Amendment
    Even after the past revisons, the southern states still found ways around the amendment so they can stop the African American people from voting by makeing them fill a certificate of residence months before the election. Even though with the elimination of the poll tax and the “grandfather clause” this made even more harder for the people to vote. With the newly ratified amendment, this remove the barriers and obstacles for the African Americans to vote and rule these obstacles unconstitutional.
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965

    Voting Rights Act of 1965
    With the many barriers that the southern states put to stop all African Americans from casting their ballot in any election. President Johnson made a joint committee to make all types of barriers illegal because every single US Citizen should have the right to vote. After very successful votes in Congress, President Johnson made the bill into law make all poll taxes, literacy test and other obstacles officially illegal and a lot of people especially the African American celebrated victory.
  • Passage of the 26th Amendment

    Passage of the 26th Amendment
    The US intervention in the Vietnam War, led many politicians to go against the President Nixon at the time. Presidential candidate Sen. McGovern heavily supported the rudiction of voter age because if the draft made the teenagers serve in war why can they not vote to have their voice heard. Sen. McGovern heavily relied on the youth vote but never won the election because of the voter turnout but in the end the voting age was lowered to eighteen for them to cast their ballots.