Voting Rights in the United States

  • Constitution is ratified

    All white, land owning males could vote.
  • 1810 - 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.
  • 1867 - 15th Amendment

    Guaranteed blacks the right to vote. This amendment affected not only freed slaves in the South, but also blacks living in the North, who generally had not been allowed to vote.
  • 19th Amendment

    Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation
  • 23rd Amendment

    Provides the District of Columbia with the ability to vote for president and vice-president.
  • 24th Amendment

    The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.
  • 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

    Sets the minimum voting age at 18.