Reprinted with permission from Alternet
The 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, adopted in 1971, was designed to protect voting rights for those who are 18 or older — and it eliminated laws at the state level that had a voting age of 21. And this week, Slate journalist Mark Joseph Stern reports that although the 26th Amendment was passed during the Vietnam War, it has a "newfound importance" today.
"The threat of the coronavirus is creating unprecedented demand for absentee ballots," Stern explains. "Many Republican lawmakers are responding by trying to limit access."