The 26th Amendment: ensures that any person over 18 has the right to vote. This amendment was officially confirmed on July 1, 1971 and was passed during the Vietnam War. This amendment had an excellent purpose to be ratified.
Originally, men over the age of 21 had the right to vote. However, this was subject to change. During the Vietnam War, males who were at the age of 18 or older had the right to be drafted but did not have the right to vote. Males at the age of 18 were ready to fight and die for their country, but they didn’t have the simple right to vote. After much debate, the Congress decided to lower the age to 18. At first, the Congress only had the power to lower the age for national elections, not state or local elections. Later, when the amendment was ratified, the Congress had the power to lower the age for national, state, and local elections. This meant that any United States citizen who is 18 or older had the right to vote. This is because 19th Amendment states that gender cannot be used as a criteria for voting. Therefore, the 26th Amendment ensures that any person over 18 has the right to vote. Still, some people believe at the age of 18, people aren’t mature enough to vote. However, most citizens believe the 26th Amendment to be fair.
I also believe that the 26th Amendment is fair. This is because I agree with the fact that if one is 18 years old and willing to die, you should be allowed to vote. It also acts as a privilege for young soldiers. This gives them a chance to vote for whoever they wish and also acts as superiority. This Amendment gives people who are 18 to vote for all types of government.