26th Amendment

Old enough to fight, old enough to vote

Voting age lowered to 18

  • Millions of young Americans rally and campaign to try and lower voting age.
  • Many young adults in the Vietnam War said they were young enough to fight so why shouldn't they have a say in who their commander-in-chief be?
  • State legislators take up the idea and ask congress to pass a law.

Challenges faced

  • Richard Nixon passed the Voting Rights Act, which lowered the voting age to 18
  • Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional because Congress can't mandate voting age for state or local elections
  • Amendment was purposed and on March 23, 1971 the amendment was adopted