Regulation of the Right to Vote (Steve Bickerstaff - 3:18)

The Constitution was essentially silent on the critical issue of voting, vesting authority to the states to regulate the right to vote. Professor Steve Bickerstaff discusses how states placed many limitations on the franchise, and how the right of suffrage was gradually expanded through changes in state laws, constitutional amendments, and legislation like the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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Interview recorded August 9, 2008 at The University of Texas at Austin. Interview conducted by Dr. James Henson with video production by Daniel Garza assisted by Carrie Wells and Geoff Yano. Audio post-production by Michael Heidenreich with the assistance of Sean Neesley.