Voting in America

Timeline created by TrevTennis86
  • Independence is Gained

    Independence is Gained
    Voting is controlled by individual state legislatures. Only white men age 21 and older who own land can vote.
  • The 14th Amendment

    The 14th Amendment
    The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution grants full citizenship rights, including voting rights, to all men born or naturalized in the United States.
  • The 15th Amendment

    The 15th Amendment
    Nearly one-hundred years later, the 15th amendment is added to the constitution which grants other races to vote. The 15th amendment eliminates racial barriers to the voting process. However, the voting process is still not perfect. Many are still unable to vote due to poll taxes, literacy tests, and fraud. Native Americans are still unable to engage in the voting process at this time.
  • Amending the State Constitution

    Amending the State Constitution
    Washington voters amend the State Constitution, allowing women to vote and run for office.
  • 19th amendment

    19th amendment
    The 19th amendment is ratified, granting women the right to vote nationwide.
  • Initiative 40

    Initiative 40
    Washington State voters pass Initiative 40, repealing the poll tax. Poll taxes are used in many states as a way to discriminate against voters who are not white.
  • Indian Citizenship Act

    Indian Citizenship Act
    The Indian Citizenship Act grants Native Americans the right to vote.
  • Civil Rights Act

    Civil Rights Act
    The federal Civil Rights Act is passed to ensure that all men and women age 21 and older, regardless of race, religion, or education, have the right to vote. The 24th Amendment to
    the U.S. Constitution is ratified, eliminating poll taxes nationwide. One year later, in 1965, changes are made to remove literacy tests.
  • 26th Amendment

    26th Amendment
    The 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution lowers the voting age to 18.
  • Voting Accessibility for Elderly and Handicapped

    Voting Accessibility for Elderly and Handicapped
    The federal Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act requires polling places to be accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Presidential Election of 2000

    Presidential Election of 2000
    The U.S. Supreme Court decides the Presidential Election after faulted ballot counting practices question Florida’s electoral votes. The incident sparks election reforms.
  • Top Two Primary

    Top Two Primary
    After a lengthy U.S. Supreme Court battle, Washington enacts the “Top 2 Primary” that allows voters to choose any candidate regardless of party preference.
  • Barack O'Bama

    Barack O'Bama
    In 2008, the first African-American president was elected.
  • Washington State

    Washington State
    Washington becomes the second state in the U.S. to vote
    entirely by mail rather than in person at the polls.
  • Donald Trump

    Donald Trump
    In the most recent held presidential election, Donald Trump was elected president.
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    History of Voting in America