Richard nixon signs law effectively lowering the voting age to eighteen
However, President Nixon decided against a veto due to the fact he would have been required to veto the entire bill. Ratification was completed on July 1,after the amendment had been ratified by the following thirty-eight states:  Connecticut: March 23, Wyoming TerritoryUtahand the Washington Territory established women's suffrage in their constitutions.
At present, we have three courses of action with regard to the Voting Rights Act of With the elections looming, the 26th Amendment was ratified in record time.
As a sponsor of S. Dissatisfaction with this situation—as well as public reaction to the protests of large numbers of young men and women facing conscription, but deprived of the right to vote—built support among many states for a Constitutional amendment that would set a uniform national voting age of 18 in all elections.
Why was the 26th amendment passed
Dissatisfaction with this situation—as well as public reaction to the protests of large numbers of young men and women facing conscription, but deprived of the right to vote—built support among many states for a Constitutional amendment that would set a uniform national voting age of 18 in all elections. The Act stands as a landmark of political equality as it implements the Constitutional mandate. Carleton wondered why the vote was proposed for youth at a time when the period of adolescence had grown so substantially rather than in the past when people had more responsibilities at earlier ages. May The issue left the Court seriously divided: Four justices, not including Black, believed Congress did have the right in state and local elections, while four others again, not including Black believed that Congress lacked the right even for federal elections, and that under the Constitution only the states have the right to set voter qualifications. I heartily congratulate our young citizens on having gained this right. House approval came on March Endorsed by Speaker Carl Albert of Oklahoma, the amendment passed the House by a vote of to 19, on March 23, As a result, from to , spending on human resource services exceeded spending for defense for the first time since World War II. For 95 years, this promise was ignored and often repudiated. Nixon used the "peace dividend" from reducing troops in Vietnam to finance social welfare services and enforce civil rights through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In and respectively, the Georgia and Kentucky legislatures passed measures to lower the voting age to But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void. Here are facts that clearly demonstrate great strides under the Act: [In percent].
In a letter to the Speaker of the House and the House minority and majority leaders, he asserted that the issue is not whether the voting age should be lowered, but how; in his own interpretation of the Katzenbach case, Nixon argued that to include age as something discriminatory would be too big a stretch and voiced concerns that the damage of a Supreme Court decision to overturn the Voting Rights Act could be disastrous.
A constitutional amendment was required to uniformly reduce the age to
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