Citizens 18 years old and up

Government, Konstantin Harju

26th Amendment

The law for this amendment is that citizens who are 18 years of age or older cannot be denied the right to vote on account of age. In 1971 thousands of young men were drafted to fight in Vietnam War. And it is strange how those young men can go to war but not vote. So all the people made posters of "Old enough to fight, old enough to vote!". So finally they introduced the rights to vote. The obstacles that the Government faced was through the streets and all the "hooligans" who walked the streets and shouted "Old enough to fight, old enough to vote!". Also that the government needed to make a fast decision. So Oregon v. Mitchell, a divided U.S Supreme Court ruled that Congress had the right to regulate the minimum age in federal elections. Congress passed the 26th Amendment in March 1971: the states promptly ratified it, and President Richard M. Nixon signed it into law in 1971 that July!

The long debate over the voting rights in America from 21 to 18 bagan during World War II and intensified during the Vietnam War.