The 26th Amendment

  • State of the Union address

    Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first president to publicaly
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    Proposed and Ratified

  • The law is passed

    President Richard Nixon sign the law that required voting age to be 18 for all federal, state and local elections. This was an extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
  • Oregon v. Mitchell

    The Supreme Court declared that the law was unconstitutional. They decided that Congress could set the voting age for federal elections, but state and local governments held the right to set their own voting age.
  • Senate votes

    The Senate votes in favor of proposing an amendment that says that the right to vote cannot be denied to anyone 18 years or older.
  • House votes

    The House of Representatives votes in favor for the amendment
  • The first states to ratify

    Conneticut Delaware, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Washingtion were the first states to ratify the 26th Amendment.
  • Last State

    North Carolina is the last state to ratify for the amendment to become offical. The time it took to get it ratified was only 107 days which is the shortest is United States history.
  • It's offical

    The amendment is made offical when the Administrator of General Services approves it.
  • Ratified after adoption

    Georgia become the last state to ratify. Three other states- Oklahoma, Virginia, and Wyoming- also ratified the amendment ofter the adoption.
  • Election of 1972

    With their new rights to vote, 55% of the 18-22 age groups goes to the polls to vote is the 1972 presidental election. This number has dramatically dropped over the years.