Election day is coming up on November 8th in the US.
On June 22, 1970, a law was signed by President Richard Nixon that gave US citizens age 18 and older the right to vote in all political elections. However several states protested this law, and fought in the courts to keep the legal voting age for state and local elections to be minimum age 21.
There was strong activist pushback, which was fueled by the irony that our troops fighting in the Vietnam War were under 21, and were risking their lives for the motives of elected politicians. The argument was a strong one - that if you were old enough to die in battle for your country, you should be old enough to have a vote in electing the politicians that make the policies and declare the wars.
On March 32, 1971, Congress proposed the 26th Amendment to the US Constitution, guaranteeing citizens 18 and older the right to vote. The amendment was immediately accepted by 38 states, and was accepted shortly thereafter by 4 more.
The 26th Amendment was never ratified by Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah.
To this day, internationally, there are efforts to lower the legal voting age to 16 years old. There is even a European movement to give every person a vote at birth, and allow the parent to cast that child’s vote for them, in their best interest. Interesting concept, but wouldn’t that be skewing political power to people or groups that have large families? In a sense, politics could be used as an aphrodisiac!