Rights and Responsibilities
There Are Four Amendments to the Constitution about Who Can Vote Describe One of Them

There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.

Here are descriptions of the four amendments to the United States Constitution related to voting rights, incorporating the specific statements you provided:

  • 15th Amendment: The 15th Amendment, ratified in 1870, prohibits the denial of the right to vote based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It ensures that a male citizen of any race has the right to vote. This amendment aimed to protect the voting rights of African American men and eliminate racial discrimination at the polls.
  • 19th Amendment: Ratified in 1920, the 19th Amendment grants women the right to vote. It guarantees that any citizen, regardless of their gender, can vote. This amendment expanded the electorate by ensuring that women have equal access to the ballot and the ability to participate in the democratic process.
  • 24th Amendment: The 24th Amendment, ratified in 1964, abolished the use of poll taxes in federal elections. This amendment ensures that citizens don't have to pay a poll tax to vote. Poll taxes were fees imposed on voters, disproportionately impacting low-income individuals and minorities. The 24th Amendment eliminated this barrier to voting, promoting equal access to the ballot.
  • 26th Amendment: Ratified in 1971, the 26th Amendment sets the voting age at 18 years and above. It states that citizens eighteen (18) and older can vote. This amendment recognizes that if individuals aged 18 and above are considered adults, eligible for military service, and responsibilities, they should also have the right to participate in the democratic process by casting their vote.

These four amendments to the U.S. Constitution collectively reinforce the principles of equal access and participation in the democratic process, regardless of race, gender, age, or the ability to pay. They represent significant milestones in expanding voting rights and ensuring that all eligible citizens have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote.