Midterm Elections, Historical Dates to Know

It seems like the 2018 Midterm Elections are more important than any other midterms in my lifetime.

DATES TO KNOW

1965

Lyndon B Johnson- The Voting Rights Act

1993

Bill Clinton- The National Voter Registration Act

2002

George W. Bush- Help America Vote Act

2006

George W. Bush- The Voting Rights Act Re-authorization

2008

Barack Obama shook shit up

 

Now this is where it gets interesting…

Before Barack Obama was elected, there were only two states with voter restriction laws – Indiana and Georgia. After the 2008 election, that number sky rocketed. In 2012, states with voter restriction laws included S. Dakota, Kansas, Texas, Iowa, Wisconsin,Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Hampshire, Maine. Coincidence? Of course not.

Important…

15th amendment– Passed by Congress February 26, 1869, and ratified February 3, 1870, the 15th amendment granted African American men the right to vote. Set free by the 13th amendment (1865), with citizenship guaranteed by the 14th amendment (1868), black males were given the vote by the 15th amendment. The Voting Rights Act of 1965, extended in 1970, 1975, and 1982, abolished all remaining deterrents to exercising the franchise and authorized Federal supervision of voter registration where necessary.

Black women did not gain the legal right to vote until passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1920.

Learn more about state-specific ballots here and here.

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