Amendments on Voting Rights

African American men granted the right to vote (1870)

The 15th Amendment (Amendment XV) granted African American men the right to vote by declaring that 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."


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Amendment 15 https://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/15thamendment.html 

States granted two seats per state in the U.S. Senate (1913)

The 17th Amendment (Amendment XVII) “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. The electors in each state shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the state legislatures.”


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Amendment 17 https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/amendmentxvii

Women granted the right to Vote (1920)

The 19th Amendment (Amendment XIX) granted women the right to vote and was ratified by the states on August 18, 1920. “A women's suffrage amendment was first introduced in Congress in 1878. Forty-one years late, on June 4, 1919, Congress approved the women’s suffrage amendment and sent it to the states for ratification.”

  

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Amendment 19 https://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/19thamendment.html

D.C. granted right to vote in presidential elections (1961)

The 23rd Amendment (Amendment XXIII)  Section 1. “The District constituting the seat of government of the United States shall appoint in such manner as the Congress may direct: A number of electors of President and Vice President equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives in Congress to which the District would be entitled if it were a state, but in no event more than the least populous state; they shall be in addition to those appointed by the states, but they shall be considered, for the purposes of the election of President and Vice President, to be electors appointed by a state; and they shall meet in the District and perform such duties as provided by the twelfth article of amendment.  Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

  

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Amendment 23 https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/amendmentxxiii

Paying a poll tax to vote prohibited (1964)

The 24th Amendment (Amendment XXIV) Section 1. “The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax. Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

  

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Amendment 24 https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/amendmentxxiv

Young adult citizens granted right to vote at age 18 (1971)

The 26th Amendment (Amendment XXVI) Section 1. “The right of citizens of the United States, who are 18 years of age or older, to vote, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of age. Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

  

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Amendment 26 https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/amendmentxxvi