Political Participation and Voting
In This Chapter
The right to vote is often considered the fundamental right of an individual in a democracy. Many groups have had to fight for this right, including African Americans, women, and young people over 18 years of age. In the United States, three basic criteria determine a person’s eligibility to vote: age, citizenship, and residence. The Constitution does not give the federal government the authority to determine suffrage qualifications. Therefore, it falls under the jurisdiction ...