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March 3, 2016
In 1971, the Twenty-sixth Amendment lowered the voting age from twenty-one to eighteen. The argument at the time was that if the legal age of adulthood was eighteen, therefore they could be drafted into the military, buy beer and wine, serve on jury duty, be held liable in court, and generally accept the responsibilities of adulthood, then eighteen-year-olds should be allowed to vote.
This argument made sense at the time. The Vietnam War made the draft very relevant. Especially following high-school graduation, American society expected more of eighteen-year-olds, as they were of marrying age, having children, and participating in the adult working world. With adult privileges came adult responsibilities.