Voting Rights Timeline Maxwell Ma


1776: The Vote is Limited to White Males of Property

May 26, 1776

John Adams writing to James Sullivan why changing the requirements to vote would be so controversial. He wrote his shortly after the American Revolution and before the signing of the US Constitution. What he believed was the rights for poor and women to right would cut down qualification. It is significant in that it indicates the powerful leaders' attitude twoards the event.

1867: 14th Amendment extends citizenship to Blacks.

June 13, 1866

Under the 14th Amendment all states are required to recognize Black (and white) males as citizens. It was a turning point of Civil Rights, after that, all the people in America had the alleged same social status and possess the rights that a citizen should possess. Besides, the 14th Amendment is so important because it gave African Americans the right to vote.

15th Amendment extends vote to Blacks.

March 30, 1870

The 15 amendment reads: “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude,” whichgarateed the African-American rights with regard to vote. Moreover, it helped the republican maintained their temporary control of the South after the Civil War. Most importantly, it guarantees voting rights to all American males of all races.

1913: 17th Amendment requires direct popular election of Senators.


"The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote..." By the late 19th Century, there were states where nearly the entire political process was controlled by either a political party, an organization and so on. Since then, after the enact of the 17 amendment, the senators would be elected by state legislatures of each state. Citizens in each state could voice and voted the person as representative

1848-1920: Women's Suffrage Movement.


Millions of American women exercised their right to vote for the first time. It took activists and reformers nearly 100 years to win that right. What is more important was the series of defiances led to the 19 amendment

1920: 19th Amendment extends right to vote to women.

August 18, 1920

An amendment to the Constitution of the United States adopted in 1920, guaranteeing that no state can deny the right to vote on the basis of sex. It was a major step for the US into a more democratic government because more people were represented after women could vote.

1965: Passage of Voting Rights Act.

August 6, 1965

The act banned the use of literacy tests, provided for federal oversight of voter registration in areas where less than 50 percent of population did not vote, and authorized the U.S. attorney general to investigate the use of poll taxes in different states.
The act widened the franchise and is considered the most far-reaching pieces of civil rights legislation in U.S. history.

1970: 26th Amendment lowers voting age to 18.

March 23, 1971

A proposal to extend the right to vote to citizens eighteen years of age and older was adopted by both houses of Congress. Promoting the young to take part in the political events and possesed the equal rights like the adult.