Capital Fact:  The DC Vote

Capital Fact: The DC Vote

DC Vote

Although the first U.S. Presidential election took place in the year 1789, residents of the Nation’s Capital would have to wait 163 years later—March 29, 1961—to be granted the right to vote for president.  You may find it interesting that both women and African Americans earned the right to vote before people living in DC.  Check out the interesting timeline below.

Today, many in DC are still fighting for statehood and congressional voting rights.  Delegate Elenor Holmes Norton (D-DC) is the front-woman of this cause.  However, the torch was passed to her by former Delegate Walter E. Fauntroy (D-DC).  Find out more about DC voting rights.


1789—The first U.S. Presidential election took place.

1800—The capital city of the U.S. was moved from Philadelphia to the District of Columbia.

1865—15th Amendment granted African American men the right to vote.

1920—19th Amendment granted women the right to vote.

1961—23rd Amendment gives District residents the right to vote.

1965—Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed discriminatory voting practices that disenfranchised many African Americans.

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