(1971)(26)United States Constitution

The 26th Amendment gave 18 year olds and older the right to vote nationwide in Federal Elections. Prior to this, like women’s suffrage before it, some states allowed 18 and up to vote, and some didn’t

States can’t deny the right to vote to persons over 18. It was the shortest amendment to ratify 93 months). Previously several states had already lowered the age to 18 (Georgia-1943), Kentucky (1955)

In 1941 Harley Gilmore introduces the first congressional measure of its kind. In 1970 Ted Kennedy wanted to amend the Voting Rights Act to do this.

In 1970 Nixon signed the extension for lowering the age-and by then Hawaii and Alaska had already lowered the age.

The Twenty-Seventh Amendment