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The first stage of the struggle extended voting rights came in the early 1800s. religious qualifications put in place in colonial days quickly disappeared. no state had a religious test for voting since 1810.
the second major effort to broaden the electorate followed the civil war. The 15th amendment ratified in 1870, was intended to protect any citizen from being denied the right to vote because of race or color. For another century african americans were systemically barred from voting and they remained the largest groups of disenfranchised citizens or citizens denied the right to vote, in the nations population.
The 19th amendment prohibited the denial of the right to vote because of sex. in 1920 a ratification was completed the third expansion suffrage. Wyoming still a territory had given women the right to vote in 1869. By 1920 more than half of the states had followed that lead..... no state can deprive any person the right to vote on account of sex. (19th amendment)
federal legislation and court decisions focused on securing african americans a full role in the electoral process in all states. with the passsage and vigorous enforcement of a number of civil rights acts including the voting rights acts of 1965 and its later extensions racial equality finally became fact in polling booths througout the country.
The fifth and latest expansion of the electorate came with the adoption of the 26th amendment in 1971. it provides that no state can set the minimum age for voting for more than 18 years of age. they are given the right to vote at this age.
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