On March 23, 1971 Minnesota become the first state to ratify the 26th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which lowered the voting age to 18. The amendment was ratified in the shortest period than any other amendment in US History. An effort began to lower the voting age began shortly after World War 2 when the draft age was lowered to 18. During the War in Vietnam, the effort gain momentum with the slogan “Old enough to fight, old enough to vote” when young people successful pushed for the passage of the amendment.
Join us on March 23 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historic amendment as we reflect on its passage, celebrate high student voter turnout in the 2020 election, and look to ways we can tear down barriers that students face to voting.
This event is sponsored by Center for the Study of Politics and LeadMN