The 26th Amendment turns 42 today

The voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 on this day in 1971.

Better known as the 26th Amendment, this was proposed by Congress after pressure during the Vietnam War draft.

If young people were old enough to go to war, they were old enough to choose the leaders who sent them to war. 

 

The amendment was the most quickly ratified amendment ever after being proposed March 23 and ratified July 1 by three-fourths of the states. 

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