The 26th Amendment
   Project by
Courtney Wallace

The right to every person at the minimum age of 18 to vote

Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

The 26th Amendment explains ANY person(that is 18 years and older) is given the right to vote on Federal or State issues. This means once you are eighteen, you can register to vote. Whether it be online or by mailing a registration in, you are given the right to register and then vote! The amendment also states that Congress is able to enforce the law through legislation. Therefore Congress can and has made that right an act of legislation so we can't be denied our right!


The issue started when men, who were under 21, were being drafted in WWII and Vietnam. The argument arose that these men were fighting for a country and did not have a voice in the political aspect of their country- voting! The argument persuaded Georgia and Virginia to lower their voting age to eighteen during WWII. The popularity of this argument grew and in 1970, Congress passed the measure that lowered the voting age from twenty-one to eighteen in both federal and state elections!

Soon, the U.S. Supreme court caused an uproar saying that the measure was unconstitutional in Oregon vs. Mitchell. With four on each side of the debate, one justice, Hugo L. Black concluded the argument and deemed that Congress could lower the voting age to eighteen but only on federal issues. They let the states decide if they wished to lower the voting age. Congress then responded in writing the 26th amendment and solving all chaos on the issue.


The Amendment is a great idea! Back when the draft was in motion, our government didn't have a right to make people fight in the war, if they weren't allowed to simply vote if we should be in war. If they didn't want to lower the voting age, then they should have raised the age on the draft to 21.

My prediction for the 26th amendment is that it may even be lowered. The government has been trying to include teenagers for years in civics, government, politics, and numerous other things. If they lower the voting age, it would encourage the teens to become even more involved with what is happening in our country.

An organization called Inspire WV has already began to work in West Virginia to help register teens who are over 18 to vote! With youth involvement and enthusiasm, more teens will want to vote, which may cause another lowering of the age to vote.