Voting

Registration

Before voting you have to register. How?

1) Show proof of citizenship

2) Address

3) Prove age using driver's license or birth certificate

Amendments

15th Amendment- Prohibits denying a person's right to vote based on race

17th Amendment- Allowed for popular election of senators

19th Amendment- Women could vote

23rd Amendment- Women could vote in DC

24th Amendment- No polling taxes

26th Amendment- Voting age changed from 21 to 18

The Voting Steps

1) Obtain a ballot

2) Mark your ballot

3) Check your ballot

4) Preserve secrecy of your ballot

5) Cast your ballot

Voting Requirements

  • 18
  • American Citizen
  • Not a felon

Voting

  • Citizens who meet the requirements are allowed to vote
  • People who are felons or do not meet the requirements are not allowed to vote, and some people choose not to vote due to apathy
  • Straight Ticket and Split Tickets: Straight tickets are when an individual is loyal to a certain party year after year, Split tickets are when the individual changes his party every election

Suffrage

1870- 15th Amendment- Any race could vote

1920- 19th Amendment- Women could vote

1960- Civil Rights Act of 1957- Justice department can sue to protect voting rights

1965- Voting Rights Act of 1965- Literacy test prohibited

2006- Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006- Prohibits the use of devices to deny voting rights