Flashcards in Chapter 9 Deck (55)
the right to vote
officially sign up to vote
the place you go to vote on Election Day
a list of the candidates’ names that shows their political party and the office they are seeking
Voter turnout rate
the percentage of eligible voters who actually vote
a lack of interest
In the early years of the United States did most citizens have the right to vote?
What was the only group of people who had the right to vote?
white, male, landowners
Name two groups that were unable to vote until a law was passed or an amendment added to the Constitution.
African Americans and Women
Which amendment gave women the right to vote?
What did the Twenty-sixth Amendment passed in 1971 do?
changed the voting age from 21 to 18
In most states are people who have committed serious crimes and served prison sentences eligible to vote?
What group gained the vote in 1870 with the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment?
How did the law passed by Congress in 1992 extend suffrage?
extended the use of bilingual ballots and voting assistance
What group gained the right to vote in 1920 with the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment?
People of what age range gained the right to vote in 1971 with the passage of the Twenty-six Amendment?
18 and older
Which amendment extended suffrage to residents of Washington, D.C.?
How were individual voting rights protected in 1960?
The Civil Rights Act of 1960 made it to where there would be penalties to anyone who obstructed an individual’s voting rights
What was the goal of the additions made in 1975 to the Voting Rights Act?
to ban literacy tests so that it wouldn’t cause some people not to vote
What does it mean to register to vote?
to officially sign up to vote
What information is required to register?
your name, address, age, and often your political party preference
Why do you have to give your birth date?
to prove your citizenship and age
What is the Motor Voter law?
a law that requires states to let people register when they renew their driver’s license
Where can you find information about public issues and current events?
websites, television, radio, newspapers, books, and magazines
What are the different types of ballots?
a piece of paper with check boxes, a punch card, or a computer touch screen
How is apathy related to voter turnout rate?
If people are not interested in politics or who becomes president, then they will probably not vote
What are the two basic qualifications to vote in the United States?
You must be an American citizen and you must be 18 years old
matter of debate or dispute