Social Studies - 2019-20

GOVT.6e - Right to Vote

The student will apply social science skills to understand local, state, and national elections by 

e) describing how amendments have extended the right to vote; 

Adopted: 2015


Big Themes/Concepts: Democracy, Politics, Political Systems, Continuity vs. Change

The strength of a democracy is equal to the strength of its citizens.

Political parties are designed to connect people to the government and preserve the sovereignty of citizens in a democracy.

Why do voters act as they do?

In what ways should people participate in public affairs?

Does the two-party system help or harm democracy?


Amendments to the Constitution of the United States have extended the right of suffrage. 


Amendments to the Constitution of the United States that extended suffrage 

 The 15th Amendment ensures the right to vote regardless of race. 

 The 19th Amendment grants women the right to vote. 

 The 23rd Amendment allows voters in Washington, D.C., to vote for the United States president and vice president. 

 The 26th Amendment gives the right to vote to citizens 18 years old and older.


Updated: Jun 22, 2017