26th Amendment

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In History
  • Jennings Randolph congressman

    Jennings Randolph congressman
    Jennings Randolph from West Virginia introduced federal legislation to lower the voting age from 21 to 18
  • Georgia is the first

    Georgia is the first
    Georgia was the first state to lower its voting age in state and lower elections from 21 to 18.
  • voting in age in 1950s

    voting in age in 1950s
    traditionally the voting age was 21 though in the 1950s President Dwight Eisenhower signaled his support for lowering it.
  • Eisenhower support for the 26th Amendment

    Eisenhower support for the 26th Amendment
    In Eisenhower's speech for the presidency in 1954, he said that "For years our citizens between the ages of 18 and 21 have, in time of peril, been summoned to fight for America. they should participate in the political process that produces this fateful summons."
  • Richard Nixon signing the extension of the voting rights act

    Richard Nixon signing the extension of the voting rights act
    Richard Nixon signed an extension of the voting rights act in 1965 which lowered the age eligibility to vote in all federal and state elections to 18.
  • Resolutions

    At least 60 resolutions were brought to congress for the voting age to no avail.
  • Vietnam drafting

    Vietnam drafting
    in the late 1960s with the united states embroiled in a long costly war in Vietnam, the united states government drafted 18-year-olds into the war but they couldn't vote.
  • Oregon vs Mitchell

    Oregon vs Mitchell
    the supreme court said, "18 and 21-year-olds can vote vice president and president but nothing else."
  • ceremony for the 26th amendment

    ceremony for the 26th amendment
    on July 5, 1971. At a White House ceremony attended by 500 newly eligible voters, Nixon declared “The reason I believe that your generation, the 11 million new voters, will do so much for America at home is that you will infuse into this nation some idealism, some courage, some stamina, some high moral purpose, that this country always needs.”
  • The 26th Amendment being Ratified

    The 26th Amendment being Ratified
    Passed by Congress March 23, 1971, and ratified July 1, 1971, the 26th amendment granted the right to vote to American citizens aged eighteen or older.