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The right to vote Presentation Transcript

  • 1. The Right To Vote American Government
  • 2. History of Voting Rights
    • Suffrage was set to each state.
      • Suffrage=the right to vote!
    • Franchise is another term with the same meaning.
    • Expansion of the Electorate
      • Originally only white male property owners could vote
      • Many felt this was unfair-changed with Andrew Jackson
  • 3. American Electorate
    • Electorate-the potential voting population
      • All citizens 18 and older can qualify to vote
      • Trends:
        • The gradual elimination of several restrictions on the right to vote-religious beliefs, property, tax payment, race, gender, etc.
        • States power turned to Federal power.
  • 4. Extending Suffrage
    • Five Stages:
      • 1800's-no religious restrictions-eliminate property ownership requirement
      • Post-Civil War-15 th Amendment
      • 19 th Amendment-Women gain suffrage
      • 1960's-Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts
        • 23 rd and 24 th Amendments
      • Vietnam War-26 th Amendment
  • 5. Restrictions on States for Voting Qualifications
    • Suffrage still lies within the states, but they must do the following:
    • 1. Must be able to vote in ALL elections
    • 2. Cannot deprive based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude
    • 3. Cannot deprive based on race
    • 4. Cannot require payment of tax
    • 5. Cannot deprive any person at least 18 years of age.
  • 6. Casting your Vote
    • Page 151
      • These steps apply when you vote!