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Q14. “I think that the right of eighteen-year-olds
to vote must be repealed. Do you know anywhere I can find some information that
would help me?”

A. What is the basis of your argument? Personally, I don’t agree with the
argument, but you may have some convincing facts (or are you looking for
convincing facts?) that I’d like to hear. My take on it is that since
eighteen-year-olds can pay taxes and can join the military, they should be able
to vote.

You should know that the repeal of this amendment has been proposed, but it
would be replaced by one that grants the right to 16-year-olds. My take on
this is that since 16-year-olds can have their income taxed, it seems
reasonable that they should be guaranteed the vote. (Note that nothing in the
Constitution prevents a state from allowing people under 18 the right to vote;
the 26th merely sets a threshold.)

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