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The 26th Amendment

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In March 1971, Congress passed the 26th Amendment to the Constitution, which set a minimum voting age of 18 for all federal, state and local elections.
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The 26th Amendment was passed by Congress in March of 1971. All federal, state and local elections now had a minimum voting age of 18. The drafting age for World War 2 had been lowered to 18 by Franklin D. Roosevelt. This caused many kids aner since they could go into the military but not vote. They said that if they were old enough to fight, they were old enough to vote.

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Allow kids to vote? Some in Germany think it would be the right thing to do.

Allow kids to vote? Some in Germany think it would be the right thing to do. | The 26th Amendment | Scoop.it
Send KidsPost your opinion on whether kids should be allowed to participate in elections.
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Some people in Germany believe that you should let kids vote. They say that we should let give children a voice in the elections state-wide, local and nationally. Germany has 13 million people younger than 18. Dirk Niebel, minister of economic cooperation and development, says that it is ubsurd to deny kids the right to vote. He says it would be the same as denying people over 65 the right to vote. But now of course the question is, what age would they allow kids to vote at? They think that 16 or even 14-year-olds should be allowed to vote.

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Low percentage of valley residents exercise their right to vote

The valley stands out in Texas as one of the places with the lowest voter turnout in the state. There are a lot of people who have not registered to vote, of...
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Not many people in this area vote. It has one of the lowest voter turnouts in the United States. Many of these people's problems are that they have not registered to vote yet. The AACT now campaign helped to get people registered. Some residents want their voices to be heard, yet they cannot be without having everyone registered.

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Boston Review — Pamela S. Karlan: Votes Behind Bars

Boston Review — Pamela S. Karlan: Votes Behind Bars | The 26th Amendment | Scoop.it
Since 1975, an award-winning forum for political, cultural and literary ideas.
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 Exercise of the right to vote depends on government support. A citizen who is handed an official ballot written in a language they do not understand may effectively be denied the right to vote.The government can not treat voters unequally. More than 2 million African Americans are stripped of their right to vote. As of 2010 more than 5.85 million American citizens were disenfranhised because of criminal convictions.

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Bring Democracy Class to your school

Bring Democracy Class to your school | The 26th Amendment | Scoop.it
Help high school students learn about their right to vote!
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The 26th Amendment lowered the voting age from 21 to 18. This allowed millions of kids to vote in the next election. People were very suprised how changing the voting age impacted the young community. Many high school students that were now allowed to vote were suprisingly happy. Some people don't think that kids know much about voting and politics, but some really do!

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Other bills include lowering voting registration age : Politics

Other bills include lowering voting registration age : Politics | The 26th Amendment | Scoop.it
Other bills introduced Friday included:
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Senator Amanda McGill of Lincoln would lower Nebraska's voting registration age from 18 to 16. The voting age would continue to stay at 18, though. Allowing people to register at 16 would increase the turnout among young voters. The students of Omaha South High School are working with McGill to organize and draft this measure. They plan to testify before the Government, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee.
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Congressman Denied the Right to Vote

Lincoln Davis, a former four-term congressman from Tennessee, was denied the right to vote in his hometown after poll workers said he had been purged from th...
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In Tennessee a former congressman was denied the right to vote in his hometown, when he had been voting there for years. The poll workers said he had been purged from the voting tolls. Even though he showed his photo I.D., they said that they couldn not find their file. They denied him his right to vote for the first time in his life. Over 77,000 people have been purged, but he believes that he has been illegally purged.

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Jeffrey Toobin: Defending Our Voting Rights

Jeffrey Toobin: Defending Our Voting Rights | The 26th Amendment | Scoop.it
Next month, the Supreme Court will take up a challenge to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the most effective law of its kind in the history of the United States.
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Less and less people are voting in elections. After the 2010 midterm elections, nineteen states passed laws that put up barriers to voting. This included new photo-I.D., proof-of-citizenship requirements, and restrictions on early and absentee voting. Next month the Supreme Court will take up a challenge to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Department of Justice and Federal courts blocked initiatives in 4 states for the past election. If they failed to do this, 5 million votes might have been lost.( almost as much as Obama's popular vote win over Romney)

 

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26th Amendment | U.S. Constitution | LII / Legal Information Institute

26th Amendment | U.S. Constitution | LII / Legal Information Institute | The 26th Amendment | Scoop.it
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This is the definition of the 26th Amendment. This Amendment is the scond to last Amendment. It gives you the right to vote when you turn the age of 18. This can not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state by the account of age. Congress has the power to enforce this article.

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