TUESDAY TRIVIA: What Requirement to Vote Was Eliminated by Congress in 1856?

To be eligible to vote in the U.S. presidential election, a person must be a U.S. citizen, meet their state’s residency requirements and be age 18 or older.

What requirement to vote was eliminated by Congress in 1856?

From the first U.S. presidential election in 1789 until 1856, only white men who owned property could vote. In 1856, the requirement to own property was eliminated.

In 1789, this stipulation prohibited 94% of the population from casting a ballot.

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