Voting Rights Timeline

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    Jennings Randolph

    Jennings Randolph
    Jennings Randolph was a senator in West Virginia he first served in the House from 1933-1947 and was in Senate from 1957-1985. He created safety acts for workers in coal mines. He also lowered the voting age to 18. The most memorable thing he did was lowering the voting age to 18 which is something Americans pushed for due to 18-year-olds being drafted for the Vietnam war.[randloph]
  • Removal of Property Requirements- PA

    Removal of Property Requirements- PA
    In 1776, Pennsylvania created a state government with a constitution that abolished property requirements for voting and holding office. Pennsylvania was one of the first states to remove property requirements, followed by many others. US
  • 15th amendment passed and ratified.

    15th amendment passed and ratified.
    On February 26th, 1869 congress passed the 15th Amendment which allowed African American men to vote. It was ratified on February 3 1870 in full perspective it was just a small step in the fight for equality. African Americans fight for equality for another century. nationalarchive
  • Alice Paul founded CUWS

    Alice Paul founded CUWS
    Alice Paul alongside a group of other women's rights activists founded the Congressional Union for Women's Suffrage. This organization helped advocate for women's suffrage and played a key role in the movement.
  • Guinn vs. US

    Guinn vs. US
    The Guinn vs US case found that the grandfather clause discriminated against African Americans and violated the 15th Amendment. The clause was removed and the US was one step closer to basic fairness in voting rights. Oklahoma Historical Society
  • 19th Amendment Passed

    19th Amendment Passed
    The 19th Amendment guarantees women the right to vote. The fight for women's suffrage was long and challenging and after many years, was able to be achieved. National Archives
  • The Indian Citizenship Act of 1924

    The Indian Citizenship Act of 1924
    The Indian Citizenship Act was enacted on June 2nd, 1924. The Act granted U.S Citizenship to indigenous people of the United States. Library of Congress
  • McCarren-Walter Act

    McCarren-Walter Act
    The McCarren-Walter Act was passed in the 50s. Which ended immigration laws that didn't allow people of Asian descent. Although it only allowed a 100 visa quota it was a small step for letting Asians become American citizens. Link
  • Reynolds vs Sims

    Reynolds vs Sims
    In 1961 sims and other voters from Jefferson County challenged state legislatures due to electoral lines. The lines created a massive inequality in the population. Jefferson County had 41 times as many voters which prevented the other districts from actively participating in government. Oyez
  • Freedom Summer

    Freedom Summer
    In Mississippi, 1964, a volunteer campaign was launched to attempt to register as many African American voters as possible. The campaign was in place to fight voter discrimination and intimidation at the polls.
  • 24th amendment ratified

    24th amendment ratified
    On January 23 1964 the 24th Amendment was ratified which completely banned poll taxes. Poll taxes were used to discriminate against African Americans and people who were poor due to African Americans and poor people who did work making no money or barely at all. Poll taxes decreased the amount of African Americans and poor people who could vote the 24th Amendment removed that.RonaldReganLibrary
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965

    Voting Rights Act of 1965
    The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was legislation passed to prohibit racial discrimination in voting. This act paved the way for progression and more equality among African Americans. National Archives
  • 26th Amendment Ratified

    26th Amendment Ratified
    The 26th Amendment established the national minimum voting age to 18. This gave soldiers who were being drafted at 18 the ability to vote on the leaders who were responsible.
  • Military and Overseas Empowerment Act Enacted

    Military and Overseas Empowerment Act Enacted
    The Military and Overseas Empowerment Act gave those serving overseas the opportunity to vote through mail-in ballots or electronic ballots. The Act required each state to have multiple forms of communication with soldiers overseas in order for them to vote.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act

    Americans with Disabilities Act
    The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities, including access to government programs and services. The ADA protects the people with handicaps' right to vote. US Dep. of Labor
  • Motor Voter Laws

    Motor Voter Laws
    In 1993 the Motor Voter law was passed this law was passed to broaden voting opportunities. This law allows people to register at all Bearu Of Motor Vehicles when renewing or getting a license. It also gives disabled people more opportunity to vote. franklarose
  • Help America Vote Act

    Help America Vote Act
    The Help America Vote Act was passed by Congress in 2002. It advanced the technologies used for voting. It bettered the National Voter Registration Board and gave citizens more resources for people to learn about elections. Hava
  • Shelby vs County Holder

    Shelby vs County Holder
    In 2013 Shelby vs County Holder was a case that made section 4b of the constitution unconstitutional. It prohibited enforcing any practice or procedure that resulted in the denial of a U.S. citizen's right to vote.Shelby
  • Florida Amendment 4

    Florida Amendment 4
    Flordia Amendment 4 grants felon convicts their voting right back after they have served their full sentence including parole or probation. Convicts would have to be eligible and register to vote again after being released. Marion County Supervisor of Elections
  • John Lewis Voting Rights Act

    John Lewis Voting Rights Act
    This bill made the Voting Rights Act of 1965 modernized. It strengthened citizen's protection against discriminatory policies on voting. This bill was passed in 2020 In Georgia.John