A lot has changed over the past 246 years since the birth of our country. Not only can people vote without paying a poll tax, but people of color, women, and 18 year-olds can vote. For that, we can thank the 15th, 19th, 24th and 26th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
(Each of these amendments has a story. You have addressed the story of the 15th Amendment in your first essay. So, your assignment is to tell me what rights the 19th, 24th and 26th Amendments give and their story in your own words. Why were they fought for and how did they became a part of the U.S. Constitution?)
After you tell me the story of each amendment that affected the status of voting, take a look at what’s happening with state voting laws in the news today. Do you think we need stricter voting laws to ensure fair elections OR do you think changing the voting laws is an attempt to suppress voting? Why? (Please note that this last portion of your essay is your opinion based on what you have learned. There is no right or wrong answer. All that is required is that you learn about new voting laws and form an opinion based on your research.)

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