Voting Rights in the United States

  • 1789 - Constitution is ratified

    Only white, landowning males could vote.
  • 1810 - Religious qualifications dropped

    Last religious prerequisite for voting is eliminated.
  • 1850 - Property requirements dropped

    No longer did you have to be a white male to own land.
  • 1867 - 15th Amendment

    Gives slaves the right to vote, and protects the rights of all adult males to vote.
  • 1920 - 19th Amendment

    This amendment guarantees woman's sufferage
  • 1961- 23rd Amendment

    Allows residents from District of Columbia the right to vote.
  • 1964- 24th Amendment

    Bans the poll tax.
  • 1965 - Voting Rights Act of 1965

    Martin Luther King starts a voter registration drive to draw attention to africanamerican voting rights.
  • 1971- 26th Amendment

    Minimum voting age of 18