Today marks the 40th year that the youth voice has been heard and acknowledged. 40 years ago, the voting age changed to allow all 18, 19 and 20 year olds the right to shape their country through political participation instead of military action.
As President Obama announced in his tribute to the 26th Amendment: “On this anniversary, we remember the commitment of all those who fought for the right to vote and celebrate the contributions of young adults to our Nation.”
Since its passage, the 26th Amendment has enabled a more active and passionate political youth. Though this particular constitutional amendment isn’t a staple conversation, the political ability it bestowed shouldn’t be taken for granted. As Obama reiterated: “ideas from young Americans are important to my administration, and they will help shape the future of our nation.”
In the spirit of the youth voting rights campaign–Old Enough To Fight, Old Enough To Vote—Rock The Vote celebrates 40 years of the youth voice being heard.
To acknowledge the sacrifices of those before you and show how much your voting rights mean to you, visit the Overseas Vote Foundation Twitter event. Support this historical milestone by engaging with U.S. voters around the world in a Twitter dialogue about “why you vote” – in 140 characters or less. Tell us why you care…old 26th would want you to. Happy Anniversary!
– Becca and Katie