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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About American Voting Rights?

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The fight for voting rights is ongoing. One way to fight for a stronger future is to make sure we're up to date on our history.

How well will you do in this quiz about voting rights? Answers can be found at the bottom of the page.

1. Originally, anyone who met the following qualifications was allowed to vote in the US...

a. White men

b. Married, white, male landowners

c. White, landowning men

d. Anyone who owned land

2. The voting age was lowered to 18 in...

a. 1847

b. 1971

c. 1912

d. 1940

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3. The following are forms of legalized racial discrimination that effectively barred Black people from the polls...

a. Poll taxes

b. Literacy tests

c. All-white primaries

d. All of the above

4. Which Supreme Court ruling weakened the Voting Rights Act by striking down a section that required states with a history of racial discrimination in voting to get federal approval for voting changes?

a. 2013's Shelby County v. Holder

b. 1980's City of Mobile v. Bolden

c. 2021's Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee

d. 1974's Richardson v. Ramirez

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5. A law was passed in this year requiring all polling places to be accessible to older Americans and people with disabilities...

a. 2012

b. 1984

c. 1970

d. 1953

6. The Voting Rights Act was signed into law by...

a. President Abraham Lincoln

b. President Harry S. Truman

c. President Lyndon B. Johnson

d. President John F. Kennedy

7. Women had the right to vote in this territory as early as 1869...

a. Wyoming

b. New Mexico

c. Nevada

d. Washington

8. The following voting rights bills are currently active...

a. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

b. The Freedom to Vote Act

c. The Washington, DC Admission Act

d. All of the above

Answers: c, b, d, a, b, c, a, d

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