The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
- Race, color, or previous state of slavery cannot be used to deny you any voting rights, regardless of what state you live in. Note that this does not cover age, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliations, employment status, or religious preferences.
The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
- Congress has the power to pass legislation to enforce Section 1, where necessary.