The right to vote is the most important right granted to a U.S. citizen, as it is preservative of all other rights. Yet our nation's history has involved one discriminated group of Americans after another, having had to fight for their rightful place in our democracy.
The Fifteenth Amendment
(Amendment XV) to the United States Constitution prohibits the federal and state governments from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's "race, color, or previous condition of servitude."
Passed by Congress: 2/26/1869 -
Ratified by states & took effect: 2/3/1870
The Nineteenth Amendment
(Amendment XIX) to the United States Constitution prohibits any United States citizen from being denied the right to vote on the basis of sex.
Passed by Congress: 6/4/1919 -
Ratified & took effect: 8/18/1920
The Twenty-sixth Amendment
(Amendment XXVI) to the United States Constitution prohibits the states and the federal government from using age as a reason for denying citizens of the United States who are at least eighteen years old the right to vote.
Passed by Congress: 3/23/1971 -
Ratified & went into effect: 7/1/1971
Click here if you would you rather have a Texas voter registration form mailed to you