The Vote: Youth Movement

For a nation that has historically concerned itself with enlarging the electorate, the U.S. has always treated one large group of citizens with curious neglect. Over the years, five major groups have been added to the voting ranks: the landless (under the Constitution), Negroes (1870), women (1920), Washingtonians (1961) and refugees from the poll tax (1964). Yet America, a nation obsessed with youth, with nearly half its population under 25, does not let a citizen vote until he is 21.* An 18-year-old can be drafted, and he can be held fully responsible...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!