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Suffrage

the right to vote

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Register

officially sign up to vote

3

Polling place

the place you go to vote on Election Day

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Ballot

a list of the candidates’ names that shows their political party and the office they are seeking

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Voter turnout rate

the percentage of eligible voters who actually vote

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Apathy

a lack of interest

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Principle

basic belief

8

In the early years of the United States did most citizens have the right to vote?

no

9

What was the only group of people who had the right to vote?

white, male, landowners

10

Name two groups that were unable to vote until a law was passed or an amendment added to the Constitution.

African Americans and Women

11

Which amendment gave women the right to vote?

19th

12

What did the Twenty-sixth Amendment passed in 1971 do?

changed the voting age from 21 to 18

13

In most states are people who have committed serious crimes and served prison sentences eligible to vote?

no

14

What group gained the vote in 1870 with the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment?

African Americans

15

How did the law passed by Congress in 1992 extend suffrage?

extended the use of bilingual ballots and voting assistance

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What group gained the right to vote in 1920 with the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment?

Women

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People of what age range gained the right to vote in 1971 with the passage of the Twenty-six Amendment?

18 and older

18

Which amendment extended suffrage to residents of Washington, D.C.?

23rd

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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

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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

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What does it mean to register to vote?

to officially sign up to vote

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What information is required to register?

your name, address, age, and often your political party preference

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Why do you have to give your birth date?

to prove your citizenship and age

24

What is the Motor Voter law?

a law that requires states to let people register when they renew their driver’s license

25

Where can you find information about public issues and current events?

websites, television, radio, newspapers, books, and magazines

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What are the different types of ballots?

a piece of paper with check boxes, a punch card, or a computer touch screen

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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

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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

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Issue

matter of debate or dispute

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Initiative

a procedure by which citizens can propose new laws or state constitutional amendments