You are here

New York State Constitution of 1821, Article II, Voting Rights

Second Constitution of the State of New York, Article II
New York State Archives, NYSA_A1804-78_Constitution1821_Article 2
 
Document Description
New York State Constitution, Article II, 1821, maintaining property requirements for African American men who wish to vote.
 
Transcription
ARTICLE II.
Section 1. [Qualifications of voters.]—Every male citizen of the age of twenty-one years, who shall have been an inhabitant of this state one year preceding any election, and for the last six
months a resident of the town or county where he may offer his vote; and shall have, within the
next year preceding the election, paid a tax to the state or county, assessed upon his real or
personal property; or shall by law be exempted from taxation; or, being armed and equipped according to law, shall have performed, within that year, military duty in the militia of this state;
or who shall be exempted from performing militia duty in consequence of being a fireman in any city, town, or village in this state; and also, every male citizen of the age of twenty-one years, who shall have been, for three years next preceding such election, an inhabitant of this state; and, for the last year, a resident in the town or county where he may offer his vote; and shall have been, within the last year, assessed to labor upon the public highways, and shall have performed the labor, or paid an equivalent therefor, according to law, shall be entitled to vote in the town or ward where he actually resides, and not elsewhere, for all officers that now are, or hereafter may be, elective by the people; but no man of colour, unless he shall have been for three years a citizen of this state, and for one year next preceding any election, shall
be seized and possessed of a freehold estate of the value of two hundred and fifty dollars, over and above all debts and incumbrances charged thereon; and shall have been actually rated, and paid a tax thereon, shall be entitled to vote at any such election. And no person of colour shall be subject to direct taxation unless he shall be seized and possessed of such real estate as aforesaid.
Transcription from NYS Unified Court System website: http://www.courts.state.ny.us/history/constitutions/1821_constitution.htm
 


Create a New Worksheet for This Document