Voting Rights in the United States Timeline

  • Constitution is ratified

    Only white male adult 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.
  • 15th Amendment

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

    Women can now vote too.
  • 23rd Amendment

    Allows voters of the District of Columbia to participate in presidential elections.
  • 24th Amendment

    Bans the poll tax as a requirement for voting in federal elections.
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965

    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.