Elections & Voting The basic unit of political participation


White Primaries Smith v. Allwright (1944) The Voting Rights Act of 1965



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White Primaries

  • Smith v. Allwright (1944)

  • The Voting Rights Act of 1965

  • Gender

  • The Nineteenth Amendment (1920)

  • Age

  • The Twenty-sixth Amendment (1971)


Who Actually Votes





Read about voter participation rates from page 310 to page 319 in We the People. Are all Americans equally likely to vote? What qualities about someone would be the most helpful in predicting if she will vote? How has participation changed over time? How do we compare to other democratic countries? The two infographics linked below will help:


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