The 26th amment past

18 year olds now able to vote

What happened with the government

During World War II Franklin Roosevelt lowered the minimum age for the military draft age to 18, at a time when the minimum voting age had been 21. Roosevelt said,"Old enough to fight, old enough to vote" this became a common slogan for a youth voting rights movement, and in 1943 Georgia became the first state to lower its voting age in the elections from 21 to 18.

Jennings Randolph, as a Democratic congressman from West Virginia introduced federal legislation to lower the voting age in 1942. It was the first of 11 times that Randolph would introduce this bill in Congress. The driving force behind Randolph's efforts was his faith in America's youth. He said,"They possess a great social conscience, are perplexed by the injustices in the world and are anxious to rectify those ills."


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How Birch Bayh played a roll in the 26th amendment

In 1971, faced with growing divisions over the Vietnam War and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Mitchell v. Oregon (1970), Congress began to discuss an amendment to lower the age required for voting to 18. Indiana's own Birch Bayh, a U.S. Senator at the time, authored the amendment. He served as the Chairman of the Senate subcommittee on Constitutional Amendment. Congress passed the 26th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution and thirty-nine states ratified it within 100 days. On April 8, 1971, Indiana became the 18th state to ratify the 26th Amendment.