What are your voting rights? Take the quiz!

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Voting gives people the power to generate change and to create a government that truly represents the interests of the people. Take our voting rights quiz to test your knowledge of the people, places and events that helped to shape modern democracy.

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Question 1 of 20

Which country was the first to grant universal suffrage to all residents?

United States
Spain
Finland

... Since 1909, people of all genders and ethnicities have had the right to vote or run for office in Finland.

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Question 2 of 20

Which Constitutional amendment gave African-American men the right to vote in the U.S.?

21st
19th
15th

... In 1869, the 15th amendment gave African-American men the right to vote, though poll taxes and literary tests made it difficult in some parts of the country.

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Question 3 of 20

While Australian women got the right to vote in 1902, Aboriginal people weren't allowed to vote until this year.

1942
1962
1982

... It wasn't until the mid-1960s that Australian Aboriginals were granted voting rights.

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Question 4 of 20

When did unmarried women win the right to vote in Great Britain?

1869
1899
1939

... While unmarried British women could vote by 1869, married women weren't granted this right until 1894.

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Question 5 of 20

After a 1917 revolution overthrew the czar, citizens of this country were finally allowed to vote for their government leaders.

China
Russia
France

... Voting rights in Russia were first granted in 1917, but it took until 1936 for all restrictions to be removed.

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Question 6 of 20

Which amendment to the Constitution gave women the right to vote in the U.S.?

15th
17th
19th

... It was less than a century ago, in 1920, that the 19th amendment gave American women the right to vote.

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Question 7 of 20

When did black women win the right to vote in South Africa?

1964
1994
2011

... While white South African women could vote as early as 1930, black women didn't win the right to vote until 1994.

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Question 8 of 20

In Iraq's 2002 presidential election, what percentage of the country's 11 million voters chose Saddam Hussein?

10 percent
50 percent
100 percent

... According to the Iraqi government, Hussein earned 100 percent of the vote in the 2002 election.

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Question 9 of 20

When did women earn the right to vote in France?

1896
1946
1976

... Despite the fact that men earned universal suffrage in 1792, French women couldn't vote until 1946, more than 150 years later.

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Question 10 of 20

In 2011, women in this Muslim country finally won the right to vote.

Iran
Saudi Arabia
Turkey

... In 2011, Saudi women won the right to vote, well after most other Muslim countries.

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Question 11 of 20

In 1965, Congress passed what law designed to make it easier for African-American citizens to exercise their voting rights?

Voting Rights Act
Right to Vote Act
Get Out to Vote Act

... The Voting Rights Act of 1965 established federal enforcement of laws against voting barriers, including poll taxes and literacy tests.

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Question 12 of 20

How many countries have compulsory suffrage laws, meaning people are required by law to vote?

32
82
132

... While 32 countries require citizens to vote, only about a dozen nations enforce these laws.

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Question 13 of 20

Which amendment to the Constitution gave residents of Washington, D.C., the right to vote for president?

12th
16th
23rd

... The 23rd amendment, passed in 1961, gave D.C. residents a vote in the presidential election.

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Question 14 of 20

Which of these groups was able to vote when the U.S. first become a country during the 18th century?

all men
all white men
all white men who owned property and paid taxes

... In the original 13 colonies, only a small percentage of white men who owned property and paid taxes could vote.

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Question 15 of 20

In 1872, which leader of the women's suffrage movement was arrested in New York for voting in the presidential election?

Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Edith Roosevelt
Susan B. Anthony

... Susan B. Anthony's tireless campaign for voting rights helped women gain the right to vote by 1920.

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Question 16 of 20

What percentage of the vote did North Korea's Kim Jong II win in the 2009 election?

100 percent
51 percent
1 percent

... With a 99.9 percent voter turnout, Jong won 100 percent of the vote. He was the only candidate on the ballot.

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Question 17 of 20

Which country was one of the first to grant universal voting rights, though women couldn't run for office until many decades later?

Australia
New Zealand
Japan

... With some restrictions, all New Zealanders could vote by 1893, but only men could run for office.

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Question 18 of 20

What percentage of eligible voters cast their ballots in the 2008 U.S. presidential election?

43 percent
63 percent
83 percent

... Roughly 63 percent of voters participated in the 2008 election, resulting in the highest voter turnout since 1960.

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Question 19 of 20

Which amendment, passed in 1971, changed the voting age in the U.S. from 21 to 18?

21st
26th
32nd

... In 1971, Congress passed the 26th amendment, which was largely inspired by protests over the Vietnam war.

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Question 20 of 20

Who founded the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1869?

Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Susan B. Anthony
Edith Roosevelt

... Though not as well known as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton devoted much of her life to the fight for women's suffrage.

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