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Voting Rights History

  • By 1856: Universal white male suffrage[1]
  • 1870: The 15th Amendment is passed and prohibits restricting suffrage based on race[2]
  • 1920: Women are given the right to vote[3]

What Can be Found in the Records

For more information about how Voter Records can help your genealogical research see United States Voting Records.
Voting records often contain:

  • Name
  • Birth place
  • Residence
  • Years living in city, county, state
  • Whether naturalized, date, court

How to Find Voter Records

Most voter records were kept on the county level (for New England states this should be town level). To see what FamilySearch has for your county (town) of research follow these steps:

  • Go to the FamilySearch Catalog and in the place field type in New Jersey
  • Go to United States, New Jersey
  • Once there, click on "Places within United States, New Jersey"
  • Select the county that contains your town of interest
  • If FamilySearch has voter records for your county, they will be under "Voting Registers"

References

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Timeline of voting rights in the United States," in "Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_voting_rights_in_the_United_States, accessed 2 February 2020.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Black suffrage," in "Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia," https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_suffrage#United_States, accessed 2 February 2020.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Women's suffrage in the United States," in "Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia," https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_suffrage_in_the_United_States, accessed 2 February 2020.