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What Does the 19th Amendment Cover?

The 19th amendment covers voting rights. Specifically, the amendment guarantees voting rights for women citizens of the United States. The amendment was officially ratified in the year 1920, and it was supported by various lobbying groups and leaders. Subsequent court cases upheld the constitutionality of the amendment and guaranteed voting rights for all U.S. citizens, regardless of their gender.

Can All Persons Located in the United States Vote?

Currently, only U.S. citizens are allowed to vote in federal elections. This means that non-citizens aren’t allowed to participate in such elections, regardless of their sex. For local and state elections, the rules vary as to whether or not non-citizens can participate in voting procedures.

Federal criminal charges will result if a non-citizen attempts to vote in a federal election.

Can Voting Privileges Be Lost?

In some cases, voting privileges can be temporarily suspended. This is the case for persons who are convicted of felony charges. They will lose their right to vote for a specified time after their conviction. The right to vote can generally be reinstated after a period of time or after the person completes the requirements set out in court.

In some instances, voting privileges may be permanently lost. Some states do not automatically reinstate the voting privilege. This means that the person must make a formal request with the court to have their constitutional voting privileges restored. These types of decisions are generally the same regardless of whether the defendant is a male or a female.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Voting Laws?

Voting laws can sometimes be difficult to understand. There are many exceptions to some rules, and each state may have different laws. You may need to hire a government lawyer if you have any questions about your voting privileges (especially if you have a prior criminal record). Your attorney can advise you on your issues and can represent

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Last Modified: 01-15-2014 03:56 PM PST

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