Voting Rights in History and the Headlines

When the Constitution was written, only white male property owners (about 10 to 16 percent of the nation's population) had the right to vote.....

It took protesters three tries over three weeks to complete the Selma to Montgomery March on March 25, 1965. Only five months later, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act outlawing practices that had disenfranchised blacks voters. Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments to strike down parts of the Act. It's a great time to explore the United States' history of voter suppression.

Many beleive there is a movement to suppress voting rights. New and restrictive voting laws have popped up across the nation. In 2012, More than 30 states proposed legislation which made it more difficult for many people to vote.

A more startling example involves comments made during an oral argument by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The justice implied voting rights is a “racial entitlement” program and not a constitutional necessity. Voting Rights and the Supreme Court

Voting Rights Timeline

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