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Constitution Monday: If You Can Die, You Can Vote

Here is the 26th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States:


Passed by Congress March 23, 1971. Ratified July 1, 1971.

Note: Amendment 14, section 2, of the Constitution was modified by section 1 of the 26th 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.
The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

This Amendment was ratified in 1971, during the Vietnam War. One of the rationales for giving 18 year olds the vote was that since 18 year old men were subject to the draft and trusted with rifles, they ought to have a say in their government. The new 18 year old voting age was extended to women as well.

Historically, the 18-21 (21 the previous voting age) has one of the lowest voter turnouts of any age group. A right unexercised is non-existent. No matter your age, please vote in your next election.

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