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Endorsed by Speaker Carl Albert of Oklahoma, the amendment passed the House by a vote of 401 to 19, on March 23, 1971. The state legislatures in Ohio and North Carolina were the last to approve the amendment before official ratification took effect on July 1, 1971. With the 1972 elections looming, the 26th Amendment was ratified in record time.


The Twenty-sixth Amendment (Amendment XXVI) to the United States Constitution prohibits the states and the federal government from using age as a reason for denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States who are at least eighteen years old. It was proposed by Congress on March 23, 1971, and ratified on July 1, 1971, the quickest ...


26th Amendment. reduced the mandatory voting age to 18 years. right of US citizens. who are 18 yrs of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the US or by any state on account of age. The Congress. shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. Proposed. March 23, 1971.


The 26th Amendment would finally address the voting age concern and standardized the minimum age requirement to eighteen. The 26th Amendment was proposed on March 23rd, 1971 and ratified on July 1st of the same year. The 26th Amendment would be the quickest to be ratified in United States history.


The 26th Amendment lowered the voting age from 21 to 18. Why? The biggest reason was the military draft. In 1972, the US was still engulfed in the Viet Nam War, a wildly unpopular conflict. Men as young as 18 were being drafted to fight that war d...


26th Amendment: commentary: This amendment was passed during the Vietnam War, a time of nationwide anti-war protests and social unrest. The United States was bitterly divided over the war. There were endless protests over the draft—being called up for military service. All males over the age of 18 were eligible for the draft.


The 26th Amendment was created so that soldiers were able to vote and have say in who made their decisions. Most people don't think that 26th amendment did much for our country, but i think it did ...


The 26th Amendment was passed in 1971, lowering the voting age from 21 to 18. In this lesson, learn about what led to the creation of this amendment, the fight to get it ratified and its ...


In 1978, Wyoming ratified the amendment, but there was again, no follow-up by the remaining states. Then, in the early 1980's, Gregory Watson, an aide to a Texas legislator, took up the proposed amendment's cause. From 1983 to 1992, the requisite number of states ratified the amendment, and it was declared ratified on May 7, 1992 (74,003 days).


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