26th amendment

Citizens, 18 or older can't be denied voting rights

* Thousands of young men were drafted to fight in the Vietnam War. Many of them were too young to vote. So they dropped the voting age to 18, because if you are old enough to fight you are old enough to vote.


*Lowering the voting age was an amendment. The 26th amendment states 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.
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*Many people faced obstacles such as the Oregon vs. Mitchell Trials.


*The ratification period of 107 days was the shortest in U.S. history. The amendment, which lowered the voting age from twenty-one to eighteen, was passed quickly to avert potential problems in the 1972 elections.


*People fought for the voting age to be 18 because they didn't think it was right to be drafted and not have the opportunity to vote.