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.
Today we celebrate the anniversary of the 26th Amendment (ratified July 1, 1971). Here’s what you need to know.
At what age should our Constitution give an American citizen the right to vote? Tell us what you think it this Constitution Café discussion!
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.
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.
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.