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The Twenty Sixth Amendment Still Alive The twenty sixth amendment is simply stated and has no connotations In other words the meaning of it is so blunt that there is little or no room for confusion about what it is saying It was ratified in 1971 and has extended the right to vote to nearly eleven million Americans between the ages of eighteen and twenty The twenty sixth amendment states that a citizen of the United States who is eighteen years of age or older may not be denied the right to vote on account of age The twenty sixth amendment establishes a uniform voting age in all state and Federal elections but the states could actually lower the voting age within there state below eighteen if they saw it as necessary Congress if it wished could also lower the voting age to below eighteen for Federal elections but they lack the power to force states to further lower voting the age in state and local elections The Constitution allows the voting age to be lowered but it protects the right to vote for those who are eighteen or older For those states that have their voting age set at eighteen a citizen within that state may not vote unless they will have reached eighteen years of age on or before the election day Therefore a voter is eligible to register to vote even when they are not yet eighteen on registration day They just have to turn eighteen before they can actually vote The twenty sixth amendment is still on full go today Nothing about it has been changed yet This amendment is very plainly stated so few or no court cases have been fought over it In a little less than a year this amendment will affect me personally because I will be eligible to vote The only thing that
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