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H.J.Res. 138: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States extending the right to vote to citizens sixteen years of age or older.

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The voting age for president is 18, but should it be 16 instead?


The minimum voting age has been 18 ever since a constitutional amendment lowered it from 21 in 1971 for all federal elections like president. The 1970 Supreme Court decision Oregon v. Mitchell ruled that states and municipalities can still set a lower age for state and local elections, if they choose.

For decades, they largely hadn’t — until recently, when a movement has spread to lower the voting age even further for state and local elections ...

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Grace Meng

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 6th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Aug 3, 2018
Length: 2 pages

Aug 3, 2018


Introduced on Aug 3, 2018

This resolution is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on August 3, 2018. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


Aug 3, 2018

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H.J.Res. 138 is a joint resolution in the United States Congress.

A joint resolution is often used in the same manner as a bill. If passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and signed by the President, it becomes a law. Joint resolutions are also used to propose amendments to the Constitution.

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