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Encounters Dialogue: Voting Rights And Access In Our Democracy

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
6:00pm – 8:00pm


The principle and practice of popular election lies at the very heart of American democracy. But who gets to vote for our political leaders? The answer to that question has changed over the years here in Connecticut. Originally voting was limited to men of property. The 1818 State Constitution then added the word “white” in describing eligible voters. Not until the passage of the 15th Amendment could Connecticut men of color vote again. Women had to wait until 1920 and ratification of the 19th Amendment to gain that same right. Even for those who had access to the polls, the process could be complicated. For instance, Connecticut required literacy tests of voters between 1855 and 1970. Current national debates about voting reveal ongoing questions and differences of opinion.

Join us for this structured conversation on voting rights and access, a subject vital to the state’s past, present and future.

This event is hosted by the Connecticut Old State House in collaboration with UConn's Democracy and Dialogues Initiative as part of the Encounters Series.

To register for the event, please visit:


Democracy and Dialogues Initiative (primary), CLAS Undergraduate Students, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dodd Human Rights Impact, Hartford Campus, History Department, Human Rights Institute, Learning Communities, Office of Global Affairs, UConn Master Calendar

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