President Nixon on Monday (5 July) witnessed the signing of the 26th Amendment to the United States' Constitution, giving eighteen year old Americans the light to vote in all elections.
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Background: President Nixon on Monday (5 July) witnessed the signing of the 26th Amendment to the United States' Constitution, giving eighteen year old Americans the light to vote in all elections. The document was formally signed by an administration official at a White House ceremony, attended by five hundred young people.
Eleven million young Americans are now eligible to vote. In a short speech following the White House ceremony, the President urged them to "infuse the country with some of the ideals, enthusiasm strength and high moral character this country needs.
SYNOPSIS: With a brief ceremony in the White House on Monday, President Nixon witnessed an amendment to the United States constitution that gives eleven million young Americans the right to vote.
America's minimum age for voting now becomes eighteen. The President, in the company of five hundred teenage musicians in Washington for Independence Day celebrations, watched as Mr. Robert Kunzig, Head of the General Services' Administration, signed the 26th amendment to the United States' Constitution. Its only been three months since the amendment was put out for ratification by the various States. They have moved fast to push it through.
The amendment was formally witnessed by President Nixon ad three eighteen year olds who were among the five hundred young people invited to the White House for the ceremony. The President, just returned from a brief rest at Camp David, in the nearby Maryland Mountains, said that the amendment had given the vote to eleven million young Americans. He said that these young men and women have participated in the life of their nation through their work, their studies and their sacrifices for its defence, and they are now fully included in the country's electoral process. He urged them to honour their new right by using it. He also asked that they should infuse the country with some of the ideals, enthusiasm strength and high moral character that America needs. Politicians and pollsters are now keeping a close scrutiny on how this new voting force will use its potentia strength.