A TIMELINE OF THE RIGHT TO VOTE

By Tim Lambert

1789 In all US states men are not allowed to vote unless they own a certain amount of property.

1792 Kentucky is the first state to abolish the property qualification (for white men). In France all men are allowed to vote.

1830 In Britain about 11% of men are allowed to vote

1832 In Britain a new law allows more men to vote. About 18% of men can now vote.

1848 In Switzerland all men are allowed to vote

1849 In Denmark 73% of men are now allowed to vote

1856 North Carolina is the last US state to allow all white men to vote. South Australia becomes the first part of Australia to allow all men to vote.

1857 Victoria, Australia allows all men to vote

1858 New South Wales allows all men to vote

1867 In Britain a new law allows more men to vote, although the majority still cannot

1869 The Territory of Wyoming gives women the right to vote. In Britain women are allowed to vote in local elections. In Spain all men are allowed to vote

1870 In the USA the 15th amendment theoretically gives African American men the right to vote. (In practice in many states they are prevented from doing so till the 1960s).

1871 In Germany all men are given the right to vote

1872 Queensland, Australia allows all men to vote

1879 In New Zealand all men are allowed vote

1884 In Britain a law allows more men to vote. About 60% of men can now vote.

1893 New Zealand is the first country in the world to allow all women to vote in national elections. Men in Colorado, USA vote in a referendum to allow women to vote. In Belgium all men are allowed to vote. Western Australia allows all men to vote.

1896 In Idaho and Utah, USA women get the right to vote. Western Australia allows all men to vote. In Austria all men are given the vote.

1898 All men in Norway are allowed to vote

1899 Western Australia allows women to vote

1902 All women in Australia are allowed to vote in federal elections

1906 All men and women in Finland are allowed to vote

1910 Women in Washington state, USA get the right to vote

1911 Women in California get the right to vote

1912 Women in Oregon, Arizona and Kansas get the right to vote. All men in Italy are allowed to vote. All men in Argentina are allowed to vote.

1913 All women in Norway are allowed to vote

1914 In the USA women in Montana and Nevada are allowed to vote

1915 Denmark gives all men and women the right to vote in national elections

1917 Women in New York State are allowed to vote. All men in the Netherlands are allowed to vote.

1918 In Britain women over 30 are allowed to vote in national elections. Also in Britain all men over 21 are given the right to vote. Germany and Austria give women the right to vote. In the USA women in Oklahoma, Michigan and South Dakota are allowed to vote. In Poland all men and women are allowed to vote.

1919 Women in The Netherlands are allowed to vote. All men and women in Sweden are allowed to vote.

1920 In the USA all white women get the right to vote. (In some states African American men and women were prevented from voting till the Voting Rights Act 1965).

1921 Sweden gives all women the right to vote

1925 All men in Japan are allowed to vote

1928 In Britain all women over 21 are allowed to vote the same as men

1931 Spain gives women the right to vote. Sri Lanka gives all men and women the right to vote.

1944 France gives women the right to vote

1945 Italy gives women the right to vote

1946 Japan gives women the right to vote

1947 Argentina gives women the right to vote. All men in Malta are allowed to vote. Women in Malta are given the right to vote.

1948 Belgium gives women the right to vote

1952 Greece gives women the right to vote

1965 In the USA the Voting Rights Act is passed to remove obstacles to African Americans voting

1969 In Britain the minimum age for voting is reduced from 21 to 18

1971 Switzerland gives women the right to vote. In the USA the minimum age for voting is reduced from 21 to 18.

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