March 31, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SUNDAY, MARCH 31: FIRST VOTER
Sunday, March 31st
The 15th Amendment to the Constitution declared the right to vote — quote — shall not be denied or abridged by
the United States
or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude — end quote. It became law on
, 1870. This milestone in civil rights was first exercised on this date that year, though in a decidedly minor electoral matter.
, a former slave, was the first African-American to exercise the franchise, casting a vote in favor of revising the charter for Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He, himself, was elected to a committee to draft the change. In the congressional elections of 2010, 11.1 million blacks cast votes, accounting for 12 percent of the electorate.
is in its 16th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: U.S, Census Bureau, Facts for Features, CB13-FF.02
, Primary Documents in American History
is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau