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Constitutional Law: Your Right to Vote

Posted by attorney Alan Brinkmeier

The Twenty Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed in 1971. Once it passed all eligible citizens eighteen years or older were able to vote. This legal guide describes the basic provisions of, and meaning concerning, this constitutional amendment. 26th Amendment says "The right of citizens of the United States, who are 18 years of age or older, to vote, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of age." The right to vote is one of the greatest rights citizens of our country have. It allows choice of our leaders, allows us to speak our minds on the issues before us at the ballot box and provides citizens with the ultimate check against abuse of government (local, state and federal) power. We can simply vote the bum (elected official) out! No messy war, overthrow or coup.

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