History of Voting Rights

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    Stage 1: Extending Voting Rights

    Rich, white men who own property could vote.
  • 1st Presidential Election (Stage 1)

    The country’s “electors,” a group of mostly white male landowners had elected George Washington by unanimous vote.
  • Naturalization Law (Stage 1)

    This law states that only “free white” immigrants can become naturalized citizens.
  • Abolished Religious Qualifications (Stage 1)

    Abolished Religious Qualifications (Stage 1)
    In the early 1800's religious, property, and tax payment qualifications were gradually eliminated.This event was part of the stage that extended voting rights.
  • 13th Amendment (Stage 2)

    13th Amendment (Stage 2)
    This amendment abolished slavery.
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    Civil War Amendments

    Voting rights based on race was ended.
  • 14th Amendment (Stage 2)

    Each state must guarantee equal protection of the law.
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    Women's Suffrage

    Women gained the right to vote by ratification of the 19th amendment.
  • 1st Women's Suffrage Law is passed (Stage 3)

    The territory of Wyoming passes the first women's suffrage law. The following year, women begin serving on juries in the territory.
  • 15th Amendment (Stage 2)

    This amendment protects the voting rights of asult male citizens of every race. Therefore citizens cannot be denied the right to vote based on race.
  • Poll Taxes

    A poll tax is a tax you had to pay to vote. A lot of African Americans could not afford this so they didn't have all the freedom to vote.
  • Working Conditions for Women (Stage 3)

    Working Conditions for Women (Stage 3)
    The National Women's Trade Union League (WTUL) is established to advocate for improved wages and working conditions for women.
  • 19th Amendment (Stage 3)

    No state can deprive any person of the right to vote on account of sex. Therefore guranteing American women the righ to vote in federal and state elections.
  • Vietnam War (Stage 5)

    Young males at the age of 18 were being drafted to fight in the Vietnam war.The fact that these young males could fight for the country and not vote for the country was very discouraging to many people.
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    Age and Voting

    Anyone ages 18-older had the right to vote.
  • Tactics: Early Civil Rights Legislation

    The act gave the attorny general the power to seek federal court orders to prevent interference with any person's right to vote in any federal election.
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    Civil Rights for Black Americans

    Any person whom a state allows to vote for members of the "most numerous branch" of its own legislature must also be allowed to vote for representatives and senators in congress.
  • 23rd Amendment (Stage 4)

    Citizens of Washington, D.C. are given electoral votes for President and Vice President
  • Abolished all poll taxes (Stage 4)

    Abolished all poll taxes (Stage 4)
    Citizens cannot be denied the vote based on owing taxes
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Stage 4)

    Banned discrimination in “all public accommodations”
  • Voting Rights Act (Stage 4)

    Voting Rights Act protects the rights of minority voters and eliminates voting barriers such as the literacy test. This is part of the stage that extends voting rights This was also one barrier that had prevent African Americans from voting, even though they could legally, they had to pass a literacy test.
  • Rights for Young Americans (Stage 5)

    Rights for Young Americans (Stage 5)
    The 26th amendment allowed young citizens at age 18 the right to vote. No state can deprive any person who is at least 18 years of age the right to vote because of age. It was used to overrule the Supreme Court's decision in the Oregon v. Mitchell case.