Voting Rights Timeline Silvia Tian


1776-1828: Struggle to remove religious restrictions

1776 - 1828

The 1778 Constitution of South Carolina stated that people who were of Protestant religion could sit in the chapel.
The Delaware Constitution of 1776 stated that people who had faith in God could enter the office.

1776: Abigail Adams asks the Continental Congress to support women's rights.

14 April 1776

John Adams replied to his wife through a letter which was about the masculine system.

1776: The Vote is Limited to White Males of Property

26 May 1776

John Adams was writing a letter to James Sullivan, explaining why changing the requirements to vote would be so controversial. He wrote this shortly after the American Revolution and before the signing of the US Constitution. He stated that it women, and poor men would soon want the right to vote and believed that the qualifications to vote should not be changed. This is important to voting because it established who could vote and who could not. Also it gave some groups access to power that others did not have.

1777-1807: Women lose the right to vote in all states

1777 - 1807

After 1807, no state allows women to vote.

1787: U.S. Constitution Adopted.


The slave states insist that only male could have authority to vote, meanwhile they needed to statistic the population of blacks when figuring up how many members of house of Representatives is entitled to.
The Constitutional Convention needed to be decided by each country separately.
Most constitution states that only male could have rights to vote especially for the males who were very rich.

1788-1856: Struggle to remove property restrictions.

1788 - 1856

If people would like to have the rights to vote, they needed to reach the standard of the property.

1790: Citizenship limited to "whites."


Only "free white" immigrants can become naturalized citizens.
Indians cannot vote because they cannot be citizens of the United States.

1964: 24th Amendment ends poll taxes.


The 24th Amendment bans poll taxes in federal elections.