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What is 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 the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”The 26th Amendment DefinedDate ProposedThe 26th Amendment was passed on March 23rd, 1971Date PassedThe 26th Amendment was passed on July 7th, 1971President of the United StatesRichard Nixon was the President of the United States during the ratification of the 26th AmendmentStipulations of the 26th AmendmentThe 26th Amendment was a Congressional activation of the adjustment of the voting age within the United States of America; this Amendment allowed for the national voting age to be adjusted to 18 years of ageThe 26th Amendment allowed for the institution of a nation voting age in lieu of the preexisting statutes, which allowed for the variance in the legal voting age taking place on a state-by-state basis26th Amendment FactsPrior 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 legislatureUpon President Eisenhower addressing the nation in his State of the Union address in 1954, he introduced the elimination of the refusal of suffrage with regard to age parametersPrior to the passing of the 26th Amendment, only 4 states allowed individuals under 21 years of age the right to voteStates Ratifying the 26th Amendment1. Alabama2. Alaska3. Arizona4. Arkansas5. California6. Colorado7. Connecticut8. Delaware9. Georgia10. Hawaii11. Idaho12. Illinois13. Indiana14. Iowa15. Kansas16. Louisiana17. Maine18. Maryland19. Massachusetts20. Michigan21. Minnesota22. Missouri23. Montana24. Nebraska25. New Hampshire26. New Jersey27. New York28. North Carolina29. Ohio30. Oklahoma31. Oregon32. Pennsylvania33. Rhode Island34. South Carolina35. Tennessee36. Texas37. Vermont38. Virginia39. Washington40. West Virginia41. Wisconsin42. WyomingStates Not Participatory in the Ratification of the26th Amendment1. Florida2. Kentucky3. Mississippi4. Nevada5. New Mexico6. North Dakota7. South Dakota8. UtahCourt Cases Associated with the 26th AmendmentOregon v. Mitchell (1970) – this court case took place in the wake of the Vietnam War; the proceedings resulted in the Supreme Court revoking the permission granted to individual states to determine their respective voting age(s)
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    What is 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 the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

    The 26th Amendment Defined

    Date Proposed

    The 26th Amendment was passed on March 23rd, 1971

    Date Passed

    The 26th Amendment was passed on July 7th, 1971

    President of the United States

    Richard Nixon was the President of the United States during the ratification of the 26th Amendment

    Stipulations of the 26th Amendment

    The 26th Amendment was a Congressional activation of the adjustment of the voting age within the United States of America; this Amendment allowed for the national voting age to be adjusted to 18 years of age

    The 26th Amendment allowed for the institution of a nation voting age in lieu of the preexisting statutes, which allowed for the variance in the legal voting age taking place on a state-by-state basis

    26th Amendment Facts

    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

    Upon President Eisenhower addressing the nation in his State of the Union address in 1954, he introduced the elimination of the refusal of suffrage with regard to age parameters

    Prior to the passing of the 26th Amendment, only 4 states allowed individuals under 21 years of age the right to vote

    States Ratifying the 26th Amendment

    1. Alabama

    2. Alaska

    3. Arizona

    4. Arkansas

    5. California

    6. Colorado

    7. Connecticut

    8. Delaware

    9. Georgia

    10. Hawaii

    11. Idaho

    12. Illinois

    13. Indiana

    14. Iowa

    15. Kansas

    16. Louisiana

    17. Maine

    18. Maryland

    19. Massachusetts

    20. Michigan

    21. Minnesota

    22. Missouri

    23. Montana

    24. Nebraska

    25. New Hampshire

    26. New Jersey

    27. New York

    28. North Carolina

    29. Ohio

    30. Oklahoma

    31. Oregon

    32. Pennsylvania

    33. Rhode Island

    34. South Carolina

    35. Tennessee

    36. Texas

    37. Vermont

    38. Virginia

    39. Washington

    40. West Virginia

    41. Wisconsin

    42. Wyoming

    States Not Participatory in the Ratification of the26th Amendment

    1. Florida

    2. Kentucky

    3. Mississippi

    4. Nevada

    5. New Mexico

    6. North Dakota

    7. South Dakota

    8. Utah

    Court Cases Associated with the 26th Amendment

    Oregon v. Mitchell (1970) – this court case took place in the wake of the Vietnam War; the proceedings resulted in the Supreme Court revoking the permission granted to individual states to determine their respective voting age(s)

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