What should I know about the history of voting?
1. In the Constitution, as it was written, people only voted
for the House of Representatives. Senators were chosen by
state legislatures until the
permitted the people to vote for them in 1913. The President,
still today, is chosen by the Electoral College, not directly
by the people.
2. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, very
often you had to own property in order to vote. The states
gradually phased this out by the mid-nineteenth century.
Voting was not secret until the Progressive Era (c1900), when
(secret ballot) became prevalent.
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