EL Civics for ESL Students

U.S. Voting Amendments

Civics Test - History and Government
Voting Machine

Computer Screen for Voting

Young People Voting

VOTING AMENDMENTS

1. 15th Amendment - The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. (1870)

2. 19th Amendment - The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. (1920)

3. 24th Amendment - The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of people pay poll tax or other tax. (1964)

4. 26th Amendment - The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age. (1971)

  • The Constitution sets up the government and protects the basic rights of Americans.
  • Changes to the Constitution are Amendments. There are 27 amendments to the Constitution.
  • Four of these amendments to the Constitution are about who can vote.
  • Here is a description of the four amendments about who can vote:
  • 1. Citizens 18 years and older can vote.

    2. You don't have to pay a poll tax to vote.

    3. Any citizen can vote--both men and women.

    4. A male citizen of any race can vote.

  • Only United States citizens can vote.
  • Voting is both a right and a responsibility.
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