President Obama Marks 40th Anniversary of the 26th Amendment
Amendment Gave Those 18 and Older the Right to Vote
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the ratification of the 26th amendment, which gave Americans age 18 and older the right to vote. The anniversary is particularly meaningful this year light of the many "voter ID" proposals that have or are poised to pass across the country, which could infinge on young people's right to vote
In honor of the anniversary, President Obama issued an official proclamation. "Young adults have been a driving force for change in the last century, bringing new ideas and high hopes to our national dialogue. Today, we remember the efforts of those who fought for their seat at the table, and we encourage coming generations to claim their place in our democracy," the President said.
As we’ve reported, the White House has been making good on its promise to engage substantially with young people. Among other things, the Administration has held roundtable discussions with youth leaders and sends a weekly newsletter to the youth community highlighting important policy issues and opportunities for engagement.
Katie is the Communications and Outreach Manager for Campus Progress.