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Antiracism: A Resource Guide: Voting Rights & Voter Suppression

This guide contains resources in diverse formats compiled for students, staff and faculty by the Skyline College Library beginning in Summer 2020.

The Selma Voting Rights March and Its Legacy

Participants in civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery AlabamaParticipants in 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery. Photo credit: Peter Pettus, Library of Congress: LC-DIG-ppmsca-08102

In March 1965 it took civil rights protesters three tries to overcome violent opposition to march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama as part of a peaceful crusade for Black voting rights.  A few months later President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law.  Now, more than 50 years later, new laws and court rulings have put voting rights in danger, especially for Black Americans.

People at voting rights rally

Photo credit: Chuck Burton/AP

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Voting Rights Timeline

Let People Vote

Did You Know...

  • that the U.S. Constitution initially allowed only White men who owned property to vote?
  • that women couldn't vote in national elections until 1920?
  • that it took nearly 100 years after the 15th Amendment gave Black men the vote that Blacks were in reality able to vote?

See this Timeline from the iVote Civic Education Fund to learn how suffrage has expanded from 1789 to the present.  The American Civil Liberties Union has an Interactive Timeline on the history of voting rights.

Can You Vote?

Vote

Who can vote in U.S. elections?

You can vote if you: 

Who can't vote?

Source: USA.gov

Who can vote in California?

You can vote in California if you are registered. The requirements are:

You can register to vote online or through your county elections office. Except in special circumstances, you must register at least 15 days before the election. It's a good idea to verify your registration

All information for how and where to vote in November is available on the General Election 2020 website. The Official Voter Information Guide is also available online. You can track your ballot if you mail it.

Source: California Secretary of State