Voting Rights in the United States

  • Consitiution is Ratified

    1789 The Constitution is ratified - All white, land owning males could vote.
  • Religious qualifications dropped

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

    Property ownership and tax requirements eliminated by 1850. Almost all adult white males could vote.
  • 15th Amendment

    It gives former slaves the right to vote and protects the voting rights of adult male citizens of any race.
  • 19th Amendment

    The 19th Amendment guarantees women's suffrage.
  • 23rd Amendment

    The 23rd Amendment allows voters of the District of Columbia to participate in presidential elections.
  • 24th Amendment

    The 24th Amendment bans the poll tax as a requirement for voting in federal elections.
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965

    The Voting Rights Act protects the rights of minority voters and eliminates voting barriers such as the literacy test.
  • 26th Amendment

    The 26th amendment sets the minimum voting age at 18.