Keeping the Vote

Lining Up to Vote, 2012

Lining Up to Vote, 2012

Lines for the last day of early voting in Olathe, Kansas, 2012

Courtesy of John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star

As new and diverse groups of Americans won the right to vote, local and national concerns shifted from whether or not they could vote to whether or not they would vote. Some advocates and officials encouraged voters to come out to the polls and looked for ways to make voting easier. Others changed voter registration requirements and Election Day rules in attempts to minimize the political power of newly enfranchised groups. Whether it is about voter qualifications, ballot language, or physical access to the polls, Americans continue to debate whose votes and voices should be counted in our representative democracy

NAACP sign, from the Warrenton, North Carolina, headquarters' southern registration campaign, 1965–1968

Poster, Register today so you can vote for a better tomorrow, around 1948

Poster, Vote or Die, 2004

Poster, Register and Vote (Native American)

Poster, Registrese y Vote

Poster, The Time is Now, 1972

Poster, Rise Up Women, 1972

Poster, Hands That Pick Cotton . . . , 1972

Poster, With Rights . . . Comes Responsibility, 1990s

Poster, Listen Up!!!, 1996

Posters, gifts of Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote, Frederick A. Fay, George Meany Memorial Archives, Susan Ostroff, Student Vote, and Youth Citizenship Fund