Voting Rights in United States

  • Constitution is ratified

    Only white male adult property-owners have the right to 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

    prohibits each government in the United States from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's "race, color, or previous condition of servitude
  • 19th amendment

    guaranteed women the right to vote
  • 23rd amendment

    permits citizens in the District of Columbia to vote for Electors for President and Vice President.
  • 24th amendment

    prohibits both Congress and the states from conditioning the right to vote in federal elections on payment of a poll tax or other types of 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. The Act is expanded and renewed in 1970, 1975, and 1982.
  • 26th Amendment

    sets the minimum voting age at 18.