Sun Nov 11, 2012, 08:35 PM
nmbluesky (2,561 posts)
What The 2012 Election Would Have Looked Like Without Universal Suffrage
Map 1: 1850
Before 1870, only white men could vote. Here's how the election would have looked before the 15th Amendment.
Map 2: 1870
From 1870 to 1920, only men could vote. Under that scenario, the electoral map would have looked something like this.
Map 3: 1920
While women's suffrage passed in 1920, there were still huge impediments to minorities to vote during that period, for instance in the form of poll taxes (only finally outlawed by the 24th Amendment in 1964). So here's a version of the map that shows only white voters, men and women.
Map 4: 1970
After the voting age was lowered to 18 in 1971, young voters became a much more important part of the electorate. This map shows the 2012 results just among voters older than 24.
Map 5: The Actual Election
And here's how 2012 actually played out.
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What The 2012 Election Would Have Looked Like Without Universal Suffrage (Original post)
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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 08:58 PM
jp11 (2,104 posts)
Because over a hundred years ago there were somehow the exact same number of people as today and while black people couldn't vote one somehow magically became the president for four years then ran for re-election without being killed by all the people who didn't vote for him and were someone the only ones allowed to vote.
Then there's the tiny fact about 20 states not being part of the country in 1850 and only a few more being part by 1870 and 2 still not being part of the union by 1920.
But let's ignore all that cause it is fun!