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Empowered Voices | Nation’s 1st Literacy Test for Voting
Empowered Voices | Nation’s 1st Literacy Test for Voting
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Nation’s 1st Literacy Test for Voting

Nation’s 1st Literacy Test for Voting

Connecticut adopts the nation’s first literacy test for voting. Massachusetts follows suit in 1857. The tests were implemented to discriminate against Irish-Catholic immigrants.

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