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How Far We've Come: Voting Over Time

From the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 to the passage of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) in 2002, the United States of America has clearly progressed.

But, without the help of activists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, and Martin Luther King Jr., the U.S. would have never become a country where voting is a constitutional right for all.

Though today many often choose not to vote, there was once a time where minorities were not allowed to even make that choice because voting was a privilege bestowed upon only a small group of people — primarily White Protestant men over 21-years-old.

Click through the gallery above to follow our voting timeline through a little more of our nation's history. Some facts may surprise you!

So, will you be voting in this election?


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