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26th Amendment Ratified (1971): 18-21 Voting Rights
#OnThisDay in 1971, the 26th Amendment was ratified, giving adults aged 18 through 21 the right to vote. The 26th Amendment was enacted in response to Vietnam War protestors who argued that soldiers who were old enough to fight/die for their country should be old enough to vote.
The amendment was passed by Congress (proposed) on March 23, 1971, and ratified on July 1, 1971.
-- National Constitution Center: https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/amendment/amendment-xxvi
-- National Archive: https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/amendments-11-27
Friday, July 1, 2022
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