Passed by Congress March 23, 1971. Ratified July 1, 1971
Passed as a response to the outpouring of student activism against the Vietnam War.
Also, 18 year-olds were drafted to fight. And if you can be drafted, but not vote? That’s messed up.
Additionally, the Supreme Court found a year earlier in Oregon v. Mitchell that states could set their own age restrictions in state and local races. This Amendment rendered that decision moot as it affects all elections on all levels.
In May 2013, the Takoma Park, MD City Council voted to to lower the voting age to 16 in city elections only. However, anecdotal evidence shows the newly empowered voters mostly want to legalize the ganja.
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