26th Amendment

Annie Fish


Jennings Randolph introduced the original idea. Congress tried to lower the voting age to 18 through legislation.

One struggle they faced was the Oregon v. Mitchell trials. Which stated that this legislation would separate federal and state ballots. After this voting rights slowly expanded.


Young activist from NEA hosted campaigns, gaining public awareness. They also pressed legislators for support. And people created the Youth Franchise Coalition to lobby for this amendment.

One popular campaign slogan was "Old enough to fight, old enough to vote."

Young men were becoming angry with the fact that they were being drafted and had to fight for their country but were not able to vote for their country that they were fighting for.

Amendment 26

This amendment states: The right of citizens of the United States, who are 18 years of age or older shall not be denied or abridged by the U.S. or by any other state.