The History of Suffrage in Colombia

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In History
  • Patria Boba

    Patria Boba
    Only men who were married and had money could vote they went to the parishes and voted for some voters and then those voters will be the ones who selected the president, vice president and senators that was called indirect suffrage and be careful because to do the reader you had that being over 25 years old know how to read and write and at least earn more than 300 pesos a year that means that they were an elite.
  • La Gran Colombia

    La Gran Colombia
    The constitution began to talk about citizenship and then it was said that all citizens could vote but to be considered a citizen you had to be over 21 years old, be married and basically rich, you also had to work in a trade.
  • New Constitution of 1843

    New Constitution of 1843
    With the new constitution, only men of legal age (21 years of age) who owned real estate have the right to participate in electoral processes.
  • Constitution of 1853

    Constitution of 1853
    Right to vote for all married men, born in the territory and of legal age. the secret vote is established, it stopped being public. It was the first time that there is an election of president by means of universal suffrage. These were some important things in this period of time:
    1 Abolished slavery
    2 To be a citizen you only had to be of legal age and married and a man
    3 People were going to vote for the president vice presidents magistrates of the supreme court of justice
  • Constitution of 1858

    Constitution of 1858
    Universal suffrage was also maintained for men born in the national territory with more than 21 years.
  • Constitution of 1863

    Constitution of 1863
    Conditions were not defined for the electoral process, each federal state was given freedom who granted the right to universal suffrage to those enlightened men.
  • Constitution of 1886

    Constitution of 1886
    Colombians over twenty-one years of age who had a profession, trade or a lawful and legitimate occupation as a means of subsistence, although this was not enough to be able to exercise the right to vote, since in order to do so, citizens had to know how to read and write and have annual income of more than five hundred pesos or properties whose cost exceeds one thousand five hundred pesos.
  • Constitution reform 1910

    Constitution reform 1910
    The President of the Republic could be elected directly by all those who were considered citizens.
  • Women vote

    Women vote
    For the first time in Colombia, women obtain electoral rights; Thus, the right to vote covered all men and women over twenty-one years of age.
  • Reform in the constitution.

    Reform in the constitution.
    President Alfonso López Michelsen introduced a reform to the Constitution in which the age of majority is acquired at 18 years of age.
  • Constitution of 1986

    Constitution of 1986
    The popular election of mayors and governors, elections that are still carried out and are part of the current electoral system.