Are there any court cases related to the 26th Amendment at all?

As a part of writing an essay for the Bill of Rights, we need to write a paper on an Amendment of our choice, and also write about a court case related to it.

Are there any court cases for the 26th Amendment at all?



EDIT: We were able to pick our own amendment, but only the ones that weren't already taken: We picked a number from a hat, and that's the order we picked. The 26th was the only one I thought I could write a couple pages on that was left. We had to pick on the spot, without doing research on the amendment of our choice before picking :(

(I need info on a court case (or more favorably, a link to one), not on the actual amendment, thanks)

2 Answers

  • 10 years ago
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    In that case google for some of these. Accessed them on Westlaw so you might not find something on all of them.

    Some 26th Amendment Cases: (or where it was at least a topic of discussion if not the primary issue)

    Symm v. U.S.

    Stanton v. Stanton

    Lubin v. Panish

    Sugarman v. Dougall

    Healy v. James

    Good luck!

  • 10 years ago

    26th Amendment

    The United States was in the throes of the Vietnam War and protests were underway throughout the nation. Draftees into the armed services were any male over the age of 18. There was a seeming dichotomy, however: these young men were allowed, even forced, to fight and die for their country, but they were unable to vote. The 14th Amendment only guaranteed the vote, in a roundabout way, to those over twenty-one.

    The Congress attempted to right this wrong in 1970 by passing an extension to the 1965 Voting Rights Act (which itself is enforcement legislation based on prior suffrage amendments) that gave the vote to all persons 18 or older, in all elections, on all levels. Oregon objected to the 18-year-old limit, as well as other provisions of the 1970 Act (it also objected to a prohibition on literacy tests for the franchise). In Oregon v Mitchell (400 U.S. 112), a sharply divided Supreme Court ruled that the Congress had the power to lower the voting age to 18 for national elections, but not for state and local elections. The case was decided on December 1, 1970. Within months, on March 23, 1971, the Congress passed the text of the 26th Amendment, specifically setting a national voting age, in both state and national elections, to 18. In just 100 days, on July 1, 1971, the amendment was ratified.

    That's what I found on the internet, maybe you could do a little more research on that specific case

    hope that helps (:

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