Women Voter Convention, San Francisco, California, 1915
Women Voter Convention, San Francisco, California, 1915

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History of Voting Rights

primary_sources.PNG15th Amendment to the Constitution

Screen Shot 2016-10-28 at 12.35.47 PM.pngFor additional historical information, see Tag Bundle on LBJ and Voting Rights History


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North Carolina, 1900

Poll Taxes
Screen Shot 2016-10-29 at 12.06.19 PM.pngPoll Tax History is an interactive overview of the rise of poll taxes after the Civil War

The 24th Amendment Ended the Poll Tax, January 23, 1964

White Only: Jim Crow in America discusses ways African Americans were denied the vote

Literacy Tests
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Screen Shot 2016-10-29 at 12.06.19 PM.pngCan You Pass a Literacy Test?

Literacy Tests and the Right to Vote
  • Connecticut was the first state to require a literacy test
    • It was intended to keep Irish immigrants from voting

New Hampshire Sign, 2013
New Hampshire Sign, 2013

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Voter Restriction Laws

New Voting Restrictions in Place for 2016 Presidential Election, Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law
  • Includes an interactive map to see state-by-state restrictions, including voter ID laws, photo ID requirements, and reduction of early voting times and days

Voter Identification Requirements, National Council of State Legislatures

Oppose Voter ID Legislation: Fact Sheet, American Civil Liberties Union

Multimedia.pngHow Controversial Voter ID Laws are Affecting Voters from PBS Newshour

Some Republicans Acknowledge Leveraging Voter ID Laws for Political Gain, The New York Times (September 16, 2016)

The Truth About Voter Fraud, Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law

The Supreme Court at Night
The Supreme Court at Night

Supreme Court Decisions on Voting Rights

Here Is What Is Happening in the Battle for Voting Rights, Mother Jones (August 3, 2016)

Evenwel v. Abbott (2016)

Shelby County v. Holder (2013)

Crawford v. Marion County Election Board (2008)

Oregon v. Mitchell (1970)

Baker v. Carr (1962)

Guinn v. United States (1915)

Virginia Minor
Virginia Minor

Female_Rose.pngMinor v. Happersett (1875)

Leser v. Garnett (1922)

The Ways Citizens Participate in Political Life
  • Who Votes
  • Who Can Run for Office
  • Women and Voting
  • Voter Turnout
  • Alternatives to Winner Take All Voting

Resources for Identifying Current Political Issues