Voters and Voter Behavior Voter Qualification Test
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Before the 1800s, common voting restrictions included everything EXCEPT
Passed after the Civil War, the __________ Amendment was intended to protect any citizen from being denied the right to vote because of race or color
Those who fought for suffrage were trying to
gain the right to vote
Those who said "old enough to fight, old enough to vote" supported the ratification of the __________ Amendment, which provides that no State can set the minimum age for voting at more than 18 years of age.
Though the States still have the power to set voting qualifications, the Constitution now places __________ restrictions on how States use that power
Amendments to the Constitution that deal with voting rights have resulted in
a gradual shift in the power over voting rights from the States to the Federal Government
The 19th Amendment granted __________ the right to vote
Another word that means the same thing as suffrage is
When the Constitution went into effect in 1789, only __________ were allowed to vote in the United States
white male property owners
The electorate is
the potential voting population
What is literacy?
the ability to read and write
What are the three universal requirements for voting in the United States today?
citizenship, residence, and age
Why did many States at one time adopt literacy and poll tax requirements for voting?
They were attempting to discourage African Americans and immigrants from voting.
When election officials review the lists of registered voters and remove the names of those who are no longer eligible to vote, this is called
Which of the following is NOT a reason why some States deny people the right to vote?
recent acquisition of U.S. citizenship
In 1993, Congress passed the "Motor Voter" law, which required every State but North Dakota to allow all eligible citizens to register to vote when they apply for or renew a driver's license. What was the primary purpose of this law?
to make voter registration easier
Why do some people object to the registration requirement?
They believe it keeps many people from voting
Which of the following is an example of a transient?
a traveling salesperson staying temporarily in a State
How were poll taxes finally eliminated?
The Supreme Court found poll taxes to be unconstitutional
What is voter registration meant to prevent?