1948 July 23

An Early Voice for Young People: National Youth Organization Demands Vote for 18-Year-Olds


A quarter of a century before the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the Constitution granted 18-year-olds the right to vote, the National Youth Organization demanded it. The group on this day also called for full civil rights for African-Americans. Eighteen-year-olds did not get the vote until the Twenty-sixth Amendment, which President Richard Nixon signed on July 5, 1971.

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