At the time of the federal Constitutional Convention in 1787, the qualifications for voting varied widely among states. Although most of the delegates to the Philadelphia convention thought some form of property should be required as a condition of voting, they could not agree on either the amount or the kind of property that might meet this requirement. As a result, Article 1, section 2, of the U.S. Constitution leaves to the states the authority to determine the qualifications for voting. All citizens of the United States (not laboring under the disabilities...
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