Voting In the USA!

By: Emily Simpson

Voting Qualifications and Procedures


  • Must to be registered to vote
  • At least 18 years of age
  • resident of a state for a certain period of time
  • Citizen of the US


  • File Registration Form- asks for things such as name, address,age, and often party preference
  • Go to polling Place (generally open from early morning thru 7-8pm)
  • sign application form at Clerk's Table
  • Clerk passes it to challenger's table who looks up your registration for and compares signatures

Voting Amendments

15th Amendment

A person cannot be denied the right to vote based on race, color, or former conditions of servitude.

This means that no matter the color of your skin, or if you were a former slave, you can not be told you are ineligible to vote.

17th Amendment

The people of the United States can elect US Senators

19th Amendment

States can not prohibit the right to vote based on the gender of a person.

This means that Women are given the right to vote!

23rd Amendment

The residents of Washington DC can vote for the president and the vice-president.

24th amendment

Congress and the states can not condition the right to vote on a poll tax.

This means citizens can't be taxed to vote.

26th amendment

The states cannot establish a voting age higher than 18 years old.

Timeline of Suffrage in the United States

1924- Congressional Act: All Native Americans given citizenship

1960- Civil Rights Act of 1960: Introduces penalties against anybody who obstructs an individuals voting rights

1965- Voting Rights Act of 1965: Literacy test prohibited; federal voters registrars authorized in 7 southern states

1982- Voting Rights Act Amendment of 1982: Extends provisions of two previous voting rights act amendments

1993- National Voter Registration Act: Makes it easier to register to vote and to maintain registration