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The 26th Amendment

Sets 18 as the voting age (1971) for Mrs. Mackey

Elise Miller

on 3 December 2012

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bars the states or federal government from setting a voting age higher than eighteen. The 26th Amendment 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. Why Do We Have
The 26th Amendment? Section 1 This amendment was signed July 5th, 1971 to ensure that the government cannot raise the voting age above eighteen years of age. Oregon v. Mitchell The Oregon v. Mitchell was a Supreme Court case in which Oregon did not want to lower their state voting age to eighteen in compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965. "Old Enough to Fight, Old Enough to Vote" This was the slogan of the young people that felt that if they were old enough to risk their life for their country in Vietnam, they were old enough to vote on the issues and leaders of their country. The Impact Because of the 26th Amendment, there were about eleven million new voters that were added into the pool of eligible voters, making candidates have to appeal to younger, more liberal audiences. The Young Population The young people of America are the future leaders of our country and they believe their voices need to be heard. 26th Amendment Opposition There are some people that feel the 26th amendment is no longer needed because there is no longer a military draft and people no longer have to grow up as fast as people in the '60s and '70s. Let's take a
closer look. Section 2 The congress shall have the power to enforce the article by appropriate legislature. Today Works Cited Mitchell was the current Attorney General and represented Congress, which created the act in the first place. He defended the Voting Rights Act by stating that states had no good reason for denying anyone over eighteen a vote. This case influenced the creation of the 26th Amendment because it made the federal government realize they needed ensure all people between ages 18 and 21 could vote all the time. This amendment was first created because some states wanted to have different voting ages for their state elections and America needed a national voting age. Another reason we have this amendment is because at the time, eighteen was the age in which you could be drafted for the army and people felt that soldiers deserved to vote. "The 26th Amendment and The Progressive Constitution". Constitutional Accountability Center. Constitutional Accountability Center, 24 March, 2011. Web. 29 November, 2012. When do We Use It? Let's say you are in the army. You go out and risk your life almost everyday to keep America free. How would you feel if you could not vote for issues and leaders you feel strongly about? Any U.S. citizen that is between ages eighteen and twenty exercises this amendment when they enter the voting booth. For example, if a person between eighteen and twenty were to go vote for their state representative, them being denied because of their age would seem discriminatory towards their maturity. Many students and war veterans protested for this amendment because of the drafting age and therefore, helped the 26th Amendment come into existence. Look at how many young people are listening! Mount, Stew. "Notes on The Amendments- The 26th Amendment". USconstitution.net, 8 September, 2010. Web. 30 November, 2012. "Twenty-Sixth Amendment". West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008. Web. 30 November, 2012. Since the young population had a stronger voice than had previously been true, they could now build a country based on their views instead of their parents. So far, there have been no attempts to repeal alter the 26th Amendment even though there are people that believe it should be repealed because eighteen-year-olds are apparently too immature to some people. Why is This Amendment Important? Without this amendment, the younger population would not have a voice on issues that may concern them. If you know anyone that has voted when they were between the ages of eighteen and twenty, they have exercised their right to vote under the 26th Amendment. There is also opposition against this amendment because now that we have the science to understand that the human brain isn't fully developed until age 25, people believe that voting should be left to those that are totally mature and responsible. Although the 26th Amendment has become a very natural part of our daily lives, we must remember that in order to keep this right, we must use it. Not all people believe that this amendment has a positive affect on our nation. In fact, some people think that it is to blame for major governmental and economic collapses due to the under-educated voting. If we were to repeal the 26th Amendment, the number of eligible voters would decrease drastically and the young voters that will soon run our nation will not have a say on issues about our future America. VS. Because young adults have not yet fully experienced the way our current government works, they have newer and different ideas so they tend to be more liberal. Voters between eighteen and twenty are important to our voting because they have different views and they will end up running our country in the future. Even though there is no longer a military draft, you can still enter the military at eighteen. Without this amendment, they would not be able to vote. Over all, the 26th Amendment prevents us from turning our government into one that is ruled by the older population. By Elise Miller
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