Could an italian immigrant vote in the 1960s?
If you were an immigrant who came to the United States in 1959 at the age of 19, in Chicago Illinois could you vote in elections? if not what circumstance stopped you?
- ObserverLv 78 months ago
to issues in 1959:
1. You have to be able to prove American Citizenship to register to vote.
2. You have to be 21 years old.
- FoofaLv 79 months ago
The voting age in the 60’s was 21 but at no time in US history could a non citizen vote. But once this Italian naturalized and turned 21 he could have voted in the US.
- ibu guruLv 79 months ago
First, the immigrant must have resided in US with a valid green card for the required term, & then become a naturalized citizen before they could vote. Furthermore, until 1971, minimum age to vote was 21. It's only in 1971 that the voting age was reduced to 18.
- PearlLv 79 months ago
i dont see why not
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- Brother HesekielLv 79 months ago
I would have been born in 1940.
To vote in 1959, the immigrant had to be (1) a US citizen, which we don't know based on your hypothetical story, and (2) be at least 21 years of age, which a 19-year-old wasn't. The 26th Amendment to the Constitution lowered the voting age from 21 to 18, but it wasn't ratified until 1971.
So there's at least one thing that stopped him, perhaps even two.
- heleneLv 79 months ago
Only after they became a CITIZEN and had reached the age of 21. The constitutional amendment to lower the voting age to 18 wasn't ratified until the early seventies.
- SusieLv 79 months ago
If they became a citizen and reached the state’s legal voting age.
- PaladinLv 79 months ago
only if a registered voter