Information on Oregon v. Mitchell?
- walmeisLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
Oregon v. Mitchell, 400 U.S. 112 (1970) is a case in which the Supreme Court of the United States held that the Congress could set voter age requirements for federal elections but not for state elections. The case also upheld Congress's nationwide prohibition on literacy tests and similar "tests or devices" used as voting qualifications as defined in the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Petitioner Oregon was the U.S. state of that name. Respondent Mitchell was John Mitchell in his role as United States Attorney General. Congress had passed an act requiring all states to register citizens between the ages of 18 and 21 as voters. Oregon did not desire to lower its voting age to 18, and filed suit on the grounds that the act was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court ruled largely in favor for Oregon by a 5-4 vote, in that it found that while Congress could set requirements for voting in federal elections that it did not have the power to set the voting age for state elections.Source(s): http://supreme.justia.com/us/400/112/case.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_v._Mitchell
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