The right of citizens 18 years old or older to vote is established in Article I, section 10 of the Declaration of Rights. It represents significant expansion of the suffrage, an issue that was controversial in prior constitutional conventions. The 1921 Constitution contained twelve printed pages of detailed regulations of the right to vote and the method of conducting elections. They included residence, character, and literacy requirements designed to disenfranchise blacks. The constitution even excluded from voting persons who lived in common-law marriages or who...
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