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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.


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...


Amid increasing support for a Constitutional amendment, Congress passed the 26th Amendment in March 1971; the states promptly ratified it, and President Richard M. Nixon signed it into law that July.


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 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified by a sufficient number of States to become the law of the land because it was originally proposed at the request of a number of States.


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 Twenty-sixth Amendment to the US Constitution standardized the voting age to 18. It was adopted in response to student activism against the Vietnam War and to partially overrule a Supreme ...


Ratified July 1, 1971. The 26th Amendment changed a portion of the 14th Amendment. Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age. Section 2.


26th Amendment. reduced the mandatory voting age to 18 years. right of US citizens. ... June 30, 1971. In 1970. congress passed Voting Rights Act containing rider reducing voting age to 18 in all elections after Jan. 1, 1971. Proponents argued: Congress had authority to take such action pursuant to Section 5 of Amendment 14. The Supreme Court.


However an amendment is proposed, it does not become part of the Constitution unless it is ratified by three-quarters of the states (either the legislatures thereof, or in amendment conventions). The following is a record of each ratified amendment and the states and dates that led to the ratification.