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26th Amendment

Just which state ratified the 26th Amendment?

June 30, 2017 By NCC Staff

On June 30, 1971, President Richard Nixon issued a public statement congratulating Ohio as the 38th state to approve the 26th Amendment, in record time. But history has another state and date as the official ratifier of the constitutional rights of 18 year olds to vote.

Happy birthday, 26th Amendment!

July 1, 2016 By NCC Staff

Today we celebrate the anniversary of the 26th Amendment (ratified July 1, 1971). Here’s what you need to know.

Constitution Café: Should the voting age be lowered again?

August 11, 2014 By Christopher Phillips

At what age should our Constitution give an American citizen the right to vote? Tell us what you think it this Constitution Café discussion!

26th Amendment: Reduction of the Voting Age

February 26, 2014 By NCC Staff

During the Vietnam War, this amendment lowered the voting age in federal and state elections to 18, the same age at which young men could be drafted for military service.

Troubled history of polling rights fuels voter ID battle

August 22, 2012 By Scott Bomboy

Do you think the Constitution gave all Americans the right to vote? Not by a long shot. The current voter ID debate is fueled by more than 225 years of struggles over who can vote in elections.

By the numbers: belated and potential amendments

February 15, 2012 By Paige Scofield

Working at the National Constitution Center, the Constitution Daily writers all pay probably more attention to news items relating to the Constitution than most folks. So when this story came to our attention last month, we were fascinated by Maryland’s belated attention to the 17th Amendment.

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