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At the end of the civil war 3 constitutional amendments were passed. They were the 13, 14, and 15 amendments. This gave former slaves citizenship rights and the right to vote this was in 1867. It took another 100 years before they were able to express their right to vote because laws were passed that kept the right away from them. They were charged poll taxes, had a literacy test to pass, and were physically stopped from voting. It wasn't until the 1960's and the Civil Rights Movement that the right to vote really came to the black citizens of the United States. With the passage of the Civil rights act and the Voting Rights Act all citizens could now vote. Today there is an effort to roll back some the voting rights by states when they require a photo ID from the voter to register. Some are also not allowing out of state college students to register to vote and by doing so they are restricting the voting rights of many people. These new laws particularly affect those who are poor, disabled, minorities, and have a hard time getting to the polls or can't get to the proper offices to get the correct ID to meet the state requirements. They will also have to pay to have some of the proper papers ordered so this is a back end poll tax. This is taking away the right to vote once again by restricting access to the ballot box for groups of people.

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around the 1870's African Americans were allowed to vote

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