Who achieved voting rights from the 26th Amendment?
This amendment was passed during the Vietnam War, a time of nationwide anti-war protests and social unrest. The United States was bitterly divided over the war.
There were endless protests over the draft-being called up for military service. All males over the age of 18 were eligible for the draft. But the minimum voting age was 21. It was widely considered unfair that these 18-year-olds were eligible for military service, and therefore old enough to fight and die for their country, but didn't have the right to vote.
The 14th Amendment had guaranteed the right to vote, in non-direct language, to 21-year-old men. This was the basis of the general rule that you had to be 21 to vote.
After much political debate and a Supreme Court case (in which the justices' opinions were divided), Congress finally lowered the national voting age to 18. In the 26th Amendment, the minimum age was set at 18 for both state and national elections. It was ratified in July 1971.
It should be noted that the 26th Amendment allows for states to lower the voting age to 17 or even 16, if they so wish. This amendment is a sort of national guideline. There has been some misunderstanding about this, and some disagreement, since some people don't think that 18-year-olds are mature enough to vote, and shouldn't have the right. But most citizens approve of it.
Younger people voting. Congress lowered the national voting age to 18. In the 26th Amendment, the minimum age was set at 18 for both state and national elections. It was ratified in July 1971. It should be noted that the 26th Amendment allows for states to lower the voting age to 17 or even 16, if they so wish.
The 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified by a sufficient number of States to become the law of the land because it was originally proposed at the request of a number of States. This was done because the Voting Rights Act of 1965 established an age of 18 for federal elections, leading to the possible establishment of multi-tiered voting rights, depending on what was being voted on.
In the United States, the right to vote was always established. However, the 15th amendment made it so that voting could not be denied to people, based on their race, color, or previous condition of servitude. Also, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote. In addition, the 26th amendment states that the voting age be changed to 18, instead of 21.
All four of those amendments edited, and expanded, who was allowed to vote in elections. The 15th Amendment gave voting rights to persons of color. The 19th Amendment gave voting rights to women. The 24th Amendment banned the poll tax, which were aimed primarily at African Americans and the poor. The 26th Amendment changed the voting age from 21 to 18. They allowed more people to vote, have a say in government.