Essay on Voting Rights Of The United States

828 Words Dec 7th, 2014 4 Pages
Voting plays a big role in the United States of America, representative democracy. Citizens have the opportunity to exercise indirect power to govern by voting. The vote is the formal expression of preference to a particular candidate. In the United States, voting is a mechanism that ensures that the majority will rule. People vote to choose government officials who will represent their interest. The franchise, or suffrage, is the right to vote. Today, all citizens of the United States eighteen years old and over are eligible to vote. The only exceptions are felons in prison, on probation, and on parole. Present conditions were not achieved quickly.
Throughout two centuries the voting rights were systematically denied for certain groups of citizens. In the original Constitution it says nothing about voting rights. Gradually with much opposition, government sought to extend the right to vote to all American adults. After Civil War ended, the place of African Americans in civil society dramatically changed. Ratification of three Civil War amendments ended the institution of slavery (the Thirteenth Amendment, 1865); granted citizenship to them (the Fourteenth Amendment, 1868); and guaranteed that the right to vote will not be denied by the federal government or state on the basis of race, color, and former servitude (the Fifteenth Amendment, 1870). However the promise of the Fifteenth Amendment would not be fully realized for almost a century. Women’s right to vote was…

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