Voting Rights in the United States Timeline

  • Constitution is ratified

    Only white males property owners had the right to vote
  • Religious qualifications dropped

    Last religious prerequisite for voting is eliminated
  • Property requirements dropped

    Almost all adult white males could vote.
  • 15 Amendment

    It gives former slaves the right to vote and all adult male citizens of any race.
  • 19 Amendment

    granted nation-wide suffrage to women.
  • 23 Amendment

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

    The 24th Amendment bans the poll tax
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., mounts a voter registration drive in Selma, Alabama, to draw attention to African-American voting rights
  • 26 Amendment

    The 26th amendment sets the voting age at 18