POLS 1101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Bumper Sticker, Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, Campaign Finance Reform In The United States

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White landowning males 21+ could vote: property qualification is first one dropped, by early 1850s all states had dropped. White males 21: civil war occurs, 15th amendment 1870- states cannot disqualify people from voting based on race or previous servitude. However, restrictions like literacy/understanding tests and poll taxes. Literacy tests outlawed by 1965 voting rights act. Poll taxes: actually affected whites as well, impoverished: outlawed by 1964 24th amendment. White primary didn"t keep blacks from voting in general election but blocked them in the primaries, primaries are what decided the people. Outlawed in 1944, supreme court smith v allwrite: then white women can vote with 19th amendment in 1920. Some states like wyoming had already given women right to vote: after 1965, everyone 21+ could vote, voting age lowered to 18 with 26th amendment in 1971. Vietnam war, could be drafter at 18. If you"re old enough to be drafted, old enough to vote.

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