Young voters stepping up to fulfill their rights to vote
LANSING – In the late 1700s when America was drafting the Constitution and forming a democracy, it was vitally important that citizens had the right to vote.
Since then, people have fought for their right to vote, including constitutional amendments to protect those rights.
In 1971, the 26th amendment lowered the voting age to 18. That allowed members of the armed services who were under 21 to vote, and the slogan “old enough to fight, old enough to vote” was born.
In the past, people aged 18-29 were less likely to vote than older people, but that is beginning to change.