1971 – The 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified when Ohio became the 38th state to approve it. The amendment lowered the minimum voting age to 18.


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26TH AMENDMENT

From its beginnings in 1787, the U.S. Constitution has provided a powerful framework for the workings of the federal government. The purpose of Amendments to the Constitution is generally due to the changing nature of the country. Amendments can be proposed by anyone, but there is a long, difficult process from proposal to actual ratification. The Bill of Rights safeguards individual freedoms in the U.S. These were ratified in 1791. After these 10, the next Amendments dealt with issues such as slavery, voting rights, Presidential term limits, and prohibition. Then, on March 23, 1971, Congress passed the 26th Amendment, and it was ratified on July 1, 1971. This Amendment also dealt with voting rights. It lowered the voting age from 21 to 18.

The 26th Amendment Today

At present time, the states Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Utah have not ratified this amendment. Although the end of the Vietnam War era saw the number of young voters winding down, this number increased significantly during the 2004 elections, and rose again in 2008. The same young people who are old enough to be drafted are old enough to vote today.

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The Twenty-Sixth Amendment provides, “The right of citizens of the United States, who are 18 years of age or older, to vote, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of age.” It prohibits states from discriminating among voters based on age, for people who are at least 18 years old, and grants Congress power to “enforce” that prohibition through “appropriate legislation.” The Twenty-Sixth Amendment is the last in a series of amendments enacted over more than a century expanding constitutional protection for voting rights. Like many other amendments, it was enacted as a direct repudiation of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

From its beginnings in 1787, the U.S. Constitution has provided a powerful framework for the workings of the federal government. The purpose of Amendments to the Constitution is generally due to the changing nature of the country. Amendments can be proposed by anyone, but there is a long, difficult process from proposal to actual ratification. The Bill of Rights safeguards individual freedoms in the U.S. These were ratified in 1791. After these 10, the next Amendments dealt with issues such as slavery, voting rights, Presidential term limits, and prohibition. Then, on March 23, 1971, Congress passed the 26th Amendment, and it was ratified on July 1, 1971. This Amendment also dealt with voting rights. It lowered the voting age from 21 to 18.

Right to Vote at Age 18

Passed by Congress March 23, 1971. Ratified July 1, 1971. The 26th Amendment changed a portion of the 14th Amendment

Section 1

The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.

Section 2

The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation

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