18 Year Olds and Up Can Now Vote

More than a decade before the war this act has been debated

Fighting For The Right

Young men who we're fighting in the Vietnam war thought that if they were fighting for their country they also deserved to vote. People of all ages protested to show their support of lowering the voting age. College students lead marches through the streets shouting "Old enough to fight, old enough to vote!" Some obstacles they faced were police forces stopping the marches and people in authority disagreeing with lowering the voting age.

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The 26th Amendment is Passed

The voting age was lowered to 18 by the 26th Amendment. In the Supreme Court case of Oregon vs. Mitchell The 26th Amendment was reviewed by the Supreme Court and Justice Hugo Black had the majority decision in the case. within four months the amendment was ratified by 3/4 vote of state legislatures. It was the fastest time any proposed amendment has been pressed forward. President Nixon signed the law in July.

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What The New Law States

The new law states that 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 any state on account of age.

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