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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 ratification of an amendment in history.


Prior to the passing of the Amendment, President Nixon had passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which had allowed for the national voting age with regard to Federal and State elections to be set at a mandatory 18 years of age; however, only after its ratification did the 26th Amendment become Constitutional legislature


In 2009, an email and text message chain went viral, sharing erroneous information, quoting a proposed 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to wit: "Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives."


Passage, Ratification and Effects of the 26th Amendment . On March 10, 1971, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously in favor of the proposed amendment. After an overwhelming House vote in favor on ...


The Senate has only voted on cloture motions with regard to the proposed amendment, the last of which was on June 7, 2006, when the motion failed 49 to 48, falling short of the 60 votes required to allow the Senate to proceed to consideration of the proposal and the 67 votes required to send the proposed amendment to the states for ratification.


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.


In response to Oregon, Congress proposed the Twenty-Sixth Amendment to lower the voting age to 18 for all elections. The Amendment was ratified in less than four months—the shortest ratification period of any constitutional amendment. The Senate Report accompanying the Twenty-Sixth Amendment explained that it was proposed for three main reasons.


On March 10, 1971, the U.S. Senate voted 94-0 in favor of the proposed 26th Amendment. On March 23, 1971, the House of Representatives passed the amendment by a vote of 401-19, and the 26th Amendment was sent to the states for ratification the same day.


Congress proposed the 26th Amendment for adoption on March 23, 1971. The Administrator of General Services declared to Congress on July 5, 1971 that it had been ratified by 40 state legislatures ...


A “proposed 28th Amendment” to the U.S. Constitution (since circulated in modified form as the “Congressional Reform Act of 2018“) is several years old, has nothing to do with American ...