What is the Legal Age for Voting?

What is the Legal Age for Voting age in the U.S.? Nation wide, the minimum age for voting is 18-years-of-age.

It wasn't always that way, of course. Previous to 1971 the minimum voting age was 21-years-of-age. But in 1971 the Twenty-Sixth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was passed changing that to 18.

The Twenty-Sixth Amendment reads:

  1. The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.
  2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

As soon as an American citizen, whether natural born or naturalized, turns 18, he may register to vote and can take advantage of that important American right.