New Jersey state constitution

Provincial Congress of New Jersey1776

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center
Philadelphia, PA, United States

Under New Jersey’s first state constitution of 1776, some women and free Black men voted. Those who held sufficient property (often widows and unmarried women) participated in state and local elections until 1807, when the legislature restricted voting to free white men.


  • Title: New Jersey state constitution
  • Creator: Provincial Congress of New Jersey
  • Date Created: 1776
  • Original Source: New Jersey State Archives
  • Rights: New Jersey State Archives, Department of State

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