The 15th Amendment to the Constitution gave African Americans the right to vote in 1870, stating the right could not be denied “on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”
Women followed suit in 1920 with the 19th Amendment (after a century of protest). But the residents of Washington, DC, couldn’t vote for president until 1961!
Because the district isn’t a state, it lacked senators and members in the House of Representatives, and without voting representatives in Congress, it had no electoral votes. The 23rd Amendment gave DC three electorates, the same as the least-populated state of Wyoming.
– Eve Lederman, The 100 Companies