Timelines
Voting Rights

  • 1787
    Electoral College Established

  • 1792
    New Hampshire Eliminates Property Requirement

  • 1804
    12th Amendment Ratified

  • 1848
    First Women's Rights Conference Held In Seneca Falls

  • 1856
    Property Qualification For Voting Eliminated

  • 1868
    Fourteenth Amendment Ratified By States

  • 1869
    Women's Movement Splits Over Civil Rights Issue

  • 1870
    15th Amendment Allows African American Men To Vote

  • 1874
    Voting Not One Of 'Privileges Or Immunities' Of Citizenship

  • 1878
    Susan B. Anthony Amendment Introduced In Congress

  • 1888
    Louisville Adopts Secret Ballot

  • 1890
    National American Women's Suffrage Association Founded
    Wyoming Gives Voting Right To Women

  • 1915
    Jim Crow Laws Struck Down

  • 1916
    National Women’s Party Organizes White House Protests

  • 1919
    Congress Proposes Women's Suffrage Amendment

  • 1920
    Nineteenth Amendment Is Ratified
    League Of Women Voters Created

  • 1937
    Poll Taxes Upheld As Constitutional

  • 1944
    Court Reverses Itself On Racial Discrimination By Political Parties

  • 1946
    Court Allows Uneven Voting Districts

  • 1955
    Federal Voting Assistance Act Passed

  • 1959
    Literacy Tests For Voting Struck Down

  • 1961
    D.C. Residents Can Vote In Presidential Elections

  • 1962
    Court Rules Legislative Districts Must Be Relatively Equal In Size

  • 1964
    Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Passed

  • 1966
    Poll Taxes Ruled Unconstitutional

  • 1970
    Ban On Voting Discrimination Made Permanent

  • 1971
    26th Amendment Lowers Voting Age

  • 1974
    Convicted Felons Not Allowed To Vote

  • 1975
    Federal Elections Commission Established
    Overseas Citizens Voting Rights Act Approved

  • 1980
    Challenging Voting Districts Must Include Proof Of Discriminatory Intent

  • 1984
    Voting Accessibility Required For Disabled And Elderly

  • 1986
    Voting Right Guaranteed For Military And Citizens Abroad

  • 1990
    Voting Rights Expanded For the Elderly And Disabled

  • 1993
    Motor Voter Law Passed

  • 2002
    Election Law Passed In Response To 2000 Debacle

  • 2006
    District Lines Are At States' Discretion

  • 2012
    Battle Over States' Voting Laws