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Edited by: Deborah Kalb

In: Guide to U.S. Elections 7th Edition

Chapter 2: Elections: An Expanding Franchise

Edited by: Deborah Kalb

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781483380346.n4

Subject: Elections

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Elections: An Expanding Franchise
Elections: An expanding franchise

Few elements of the American political system have changed so markedly over the years as has the electorate. Since the early days of the nation, when the voting privilege was limited to the upper economic classes, one voting barrier after another has fallen to pressures for wider suffrage. First, men who did not own property, then women, then African Americans, and finally young people obtained the franchise. By ...

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