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The 26th Amendment
Transcript of The 26th Amendment
-The 26th Amendment of the constitution was adopted on
July 1, 1971.
The Push for Change:
The Double Standard of Voting:
Fighting a War in the 70's to being Subject to Adult Penalties Today.
-Despite the 26th Amendment lowering the legal voting age from 21 to 18, the debate today still goes on about whether or not we should lower it even more.
Now, go vote...
If you can.
"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."
-This Amendment gave any citizen over the age of 18 the right to vote.
-During The 1960's and 1970's, Many Countries including the United States and Canada Lowered their voting age from 21 to 18.
-Today, 18 years of age is the most common voting age around the world, but goes as low as 15 in Iran and as high as 25 is Uzbekistan.
-The United States Adopted a new voting age in 1970, after an unconstitutional Bill was passed and caused multiple lawsuits.
Oregon vs. Mitchell
-Lawsuit filed over the constitutionality of a Law passed in 1970 over the voting age at a state level.
-Conclusion: Congress can pass federal voting age, but not state or local.
The Debate Still Burns today.
Pros and Cons To Lowing the Voting Age.
Pros: Equal representation, higher turnout, and Youth Interests.
Cons: Uneducated votes, and political disinterest.
"Voting Age Should Be Lowered."
-Youth taxpayers are being denied their most basic right of democracy.
"Voting Age Should Not Be Lowered."
- Youth are too irresponsible to vote, and will mimic their parental figures.
-No sense of history and few social obligations.
-Young Voters fall into idealism, voting for things they would later regret.
"The Voting Age Should Be Eliminated."
-As a member of a country, no matter what the age, should be allowed to vote.
-Voting rights would not automatically lead to other youth rights.
-Some are worried parents may force children to vote one way.
-This is not a very popular way of going about things, but is viewed to some as the next step in the ongoing expansion on suffrage rights.
"Lowering Voting Age Will Increase Voter Turnout."
"Lowering the Voting Age Will Help Protect Youth Interests."
"Youth Are Too Self-Centered To Vote."
-"Youth Must Reach Adulthood Before Voting."
-"Mock Voting For Kids Encourages Adult Voting."
-"Civics Education Should Precede the Right To Vote."
-"Adolescents Are Too Lazy To Vote."
"Politically Engaged Adolescents Should Have The Right To Vote."
-Encourage political involvement in the youth.
-When youth are interested in politics, so are parents.
-Lower Class citizens show this correlation more than any other.
-Early Participation gets teenagers interested in politics before they get apathetic.
-Many Youth today live in poverty.
-These and other youth issues are often over looked by politicians that are interested in voters.
-By giving younger people the right to vote, adolescents will have a fair voice that will be heard.
-Voters as a majority, vote with best self interest in mind.
-Children especially would reflect these selfish values.
-Also points out that younger Americans are pushing for this change a lot more than adults.
-Adulthood has been closely been associated with being 18 years of age for a long time.
-This is main cause for lack of mainstream media coverage.
-Waiting until being 18 gives better chances of a full developed understanding of issues, along with more education.
-Programs Like "Kids Vote USA (KVUSA)" allow children grades K-12 to vote in nationwide mock elections.
-Studies show participants are much more likely to vote once they are of age.
-It also shows they vote more often and for longer in their voting lives.
-Many adults prefer this method to lowering the voting age.
-In the past, voters feared new voters would not take the responsibility of voting seriously enough.
-Many Civic Groups came together around the time of women’s voting right issues to teach proper responsibilities of voting.
-Some say you can tell a lot about a teenager just with a quick glance at his or her bedroom.
-Other believe voters will be too lazy to fit voting into their schedules.
-Many Teens take part in protests and petitions to have their voices heard.
-The "Time are Changing" and the old, traditional way of running government is not cutting it anymore.
-Lowering the voting age for people who are involved in politics is a fairer way of "filtering" who should and should not vote under the age of 18.