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What is the Twenty-sixth Amendment?
The Twenty-sixth Amendment is an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that lowered the voting age to 18 in all elections.
The Constitution of the United States is the document that serves as the fundamental law of the country. An amendment is a change to something. An amendment to the Constitution is any text added to the original document since its ratification in 1788. The Constitution has been amended 27 times in American history.
The Twenty-sixth Amendment has two short sections. The first reads:
“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.”
The second reads:
“The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”
The Twenty-sixth Amendment is straightforward: If you are 18 or older in the United States, you may legally vote in any election. Courts have repeatedly ruled that voting is the only right the Twenty-sixth Amendment gives. The Twenty-sixth Amendment doesn’t force states to allow 18 year olds to run for public office or purchase alcohol, for example.
Most of the court cases involving the Twenty-sixth Amendment have to do with college students. Courts have ruled that a state cannot prevent a college student from voting just because they live in a dormitory. Elsewhere, laws that prevent a person from using a college ID for voter registration purposes have been ruled to be constitutional: Because a person of any age can attend college, these laws can not be proven to be specifically targeting young voters.
Why is Twenty-sixth Amendment important?
The Vietnam War is often cited as the major reason for the Twenty-sixth Amendment. Because a large number of the men drafted to fight in the war were aged 18 to 20, Congress faced an intense amount of pressure to allow people being forced to die for their country the right to vote in it. Wisely, Congress responded to this pressure by passing the Twenty-sixth Amendment on March 23, 1971, The amendment was successfully ratified on July 1, 1971.
The Twenty-sixth Amendment has remained popular and uncontroversial since its ratification. Any debate around the amendment has been related to where the voter lives and documents used to prove age rather than age itself.
Did you know … ?
The Twenty-sixth Amendment holds the record for fastest ratification of any Constitutional amendment at just three months and eight days.
What are real-life examples of Twenty-sixth Amendment?
This tweet shows college students waiting at a polling place at the campus of Loyola University in 2018. Thanks to the Twenty-sixth Amendment, citizens 18 years old or older can vote in elections.
Hours before voting ends in Illinois, long lines of Loyola University students streamed out of a polling place in Edgewater. One voter said she stood in line for 90 minutes but the wait was "worth it." https://t.co/EASeaMGnxq pic.twitter.com/eclqIjrOBe
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) November 6, 2018
The Twenty-sixth Amendment is a popular amendment. Unsurprisingly, younger people are especially fond of it.
On this day in 1971, the 26th Amendment was ratified, giving 18-year-olds the right to vote. Now, as young people, let’s use that right this November in municipal elections and next November in the presidential election!!! ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻
— USI Democrats (@USIdems) July 1, 2019
On July 1, 1971, the 26th amendment was ratified, lowering the voting age to 18.
If this year has shown us anything, it’s that young people’s commitment to changing this country is nothing short of inspiring. As long as they’re leading the way, our future is in good hands.
— Sherrod Brown (@SherrodBrown) July 1, 2018
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The Twenty-sixth Amendment set the voting age to 21.
How to use Twenty-sixth Amendment in a sentence
Why would “they” want to crush him just for attempting to buy something twenty years ago?
Open-carry activists are known for baiting cops into on-camera arguments about the Second Amendment and state laws.Texas Gun Slingers Police the Police—With a Black Panthers Tactic|Brandy Zadrozny|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This “Sixth Migration” of massive human migration to Texas is the larger story of the book, and it is a significant story.
Even the legendary 1980s televisions show Dallas is back on the air, selling its twenty-first century brand of Texas bravado.
Rick would cut together five years worth of work, add the sixth, then recut six years worth of work, add the seventh, and so on.Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange|Marlow Stern|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Under the one-sixth they appear as slender, highly refractive fibers with double contour and, often, curled or split ends.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
I presume the twenty-five or thirty miles at this end is unhealthy, even for natives, but it surely need not be so.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
Before daybreak we had ridden five and twenty miles, but had been compelled to abandon two more guns.
On four bells there are four times as many changes as on three; that is—four times six changes, which makes Twenty-four.Tintinnalogia, or, the Art of Ringing|Richard Duckworth and Fabian Stedman
This vessel, loaded with supplies, went ashore and was lost; and one hundred and twenty Japanese and three Dutchmen were drowned.