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Voting Timeline

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danielle maumus

on 11 December 2013

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Transcript of Voting Timeline

Voting Timeline
By Danielle Maumus and Rachel Barbaro

In this year, a change was made in the American voting system. Immigrants were given the opportunity to enter into America at their will. They could not, however, vote. If an immigrant desired to vote, they must first have become an American citizen. This was done by saying an oath, and once becoming an American citizen, suffrage was granted. This is only in cases where the new American was a white, rich, well-educated, landowning male.
1868- 1870
The 14th Amendment was passed in this year. This amendment allowed for african Americans the right to become American citizens. This failed to permit African Americans the right to vote. Therefore, in 1870, the 15th amendment was passed allowing African Americans their suffrage. This did not completely fix equality issues. Racism in the south brought corruptions within local governments. Loopholes were made in local laws to deny African American their right to vote. This was a flaw in the Federalism system seen in America at this time. The central government wanted equal rights for all, and local governments did not.
In this year, the Women's Suffrage Movement began. Activist women who want their right to vote, begin to take a stand on teh issue. The women believe they are not being treated equally like it state in the Declaration of Independence. This sparks the women to fight for their equality and their suffrage. Protests, riots, and many other forms of rebellion last for next 72 until suffrage is finally given.
Voting in the 1700s was very limited. Only a select group or class was able to vote in America at this time. These select people were white, adult, rich, well-educated, landowning males.
This was seen as unfair and unequal by the many that did not have the right to vote. People such women, blacks, and even poor white men saw the flaw in this system. Therefore, America begins its journey to suffrage for all Americans no matter race, sex, or ethnicity.
In 1924, the fight for suffrage ends for Native Americans. Native Americans, although well known, have struggled with receiving citizenship the right to vote beginning in the twentieth century. In this year, the Indian Citizen Act was passed. This Act granted full citizenship to Native Americans. With this, they now had their suffrage.
After many years of fighting for their rights, women finally get their suffrage with the passing of the 19th amendment.
Clause in the McCarran- Waltar Act Grants the right of naturalization to all people of ancestry can become citizens. The act revises the immigration laws relating to immigration, naturalization, and nationally. Congress wanted a more strict policy on how Asians were granted citizenship and immigration selection. Since Asians were not able to be American citizens, they were granted their suffrage.

The Civil Rights Era dealt with the time in the United States when the African Americans were being discriminated by the government. The African Americans reached out against the government and started rebelling such as the 1963 March on Washington and Martin Luther King Junior’s speech. The government noticed what they were doing and they passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which prohibited the states from using literacy tests, interpreting the Constitution, and other methods of excluding African Americans from voting. In 1969, the percent of African Americans registered to vote nationally was 61%.

The 26th amendment lowers the voting age to 18. This increased the percent of votes by millions. Soldiers were happy the amendment was passed because they believed if they were old enough for their country, then they were old enough to vote.
Today, America faces the issue of Americans not excersizing their right to vote. Some think it is a hassal or maybe they just do not care. Either way about 45% of American citrizens do not vote. Ethnicity could also be linked to the absent votes. Whites and Blacks generally have a larger turnout when voting compared to Hispanics or Native Americans. This is becasue most candidates for elections are of white or black ethnicity.
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