26th Amendment

  • World War II

    World War II
    World War II started this controversy. The slogan was "Old Enough to Fight, Old Enough to Vote." Franklin D. Roosevelt lowered the minimum draft age to 18. Pictured: Franklin D. Roosevelt
    Source 1
  • The Fasest Amendment Passed

    The Fasest Amendment Passed
    This amendment was passed faster than any other amendment by a group of young activists from the National Education Association in 1960s. Source 4
  • Supportive Groups

    Supportive Groups
    In 1967, the group passed a resolution supporting an 18-year-old voting age, the supporters are of the NEA-Student Program and the NEA Representative Assembly's thousands of nationwide members. Source 4
  • Supportive Organizations

    Supportive Organizations
    1969, the NEA started its campaign for the measure, called Project 18. They teamed with organizations like YMCA, AFL-CIO and NAACP and creating the Youth Franchise Coalition to lobby for a Constitutional amendment.
  • Voting Rights Act

    Voting Rights Act
    President Richard Nixon passed the Voting Rights Act, which called for the voting age to be 18 - but people couldn't start celebrating yet. That year, the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional for Congress to mandate voting age for state and local elections. Source 4
  • Court Case Oregon vs. Mitchell

    Court Case Oregon vs. Mitchell
    A divided United States Supreme Court ruled that Congress had to set a minimum age for voting in federal elections, but not local and state elections. Source 1
  • 26th Amendment Passed

    26th Amendment Passed
    Congress passed the amendment. Source 2
  • 26th Amendment Ratified

    26th Amendment Ratified
    The State Legislatures ratified the amendment. Conneticut, Delaware, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Washington were the first 5 states to ratify. Source 2 & 5
  • The 26th Amendment

    The 26th Amendment
    The amendment states: "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 power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation." Source 3
  • State Ratification

    State Ratification
    North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wyoming, Georgia were the last 5 states to ratify this amendment. This was the fastest amendment passed; it was pased in 100 days. Source 5