Back in the olden days, you know when I was young, you couldn’t vote until you were 21. It took an amendment to the constitution, the 26th amendment to be exact, to override any state laws to the contrary, to make the legal voting age 18 in 1971.
I was 21 in 1967 and the first presidential election I voted in was in 1968 – Nixon vs. Humphrey. And if I recollect I voted for Pat Paulson, as a write-in candidate.
Also when I was young you were not a ‘legal’ adult until the age of 21. That meant you had no legal standing on your own – your parents/guardians ruled every aspect of your life. You could not sign a legal contract, or for that matter go into debt.
A little research gave me this information, which I did not know – we’re always learning here. It is called the “Age of Majority” and it is determined by each individual state (Oho!) even today. A little further research shows that in Alabama and Nebraska the age of majority is 19 and in Mississippi it is 21. The rest of the states have set the age of majority at 18 or “18 or graduation from high school”. The “or high school graduation” I find interesting.
Another interesting bit of info is that the “Age of Consent” is different from the Age of Majority. You can click the link if you want to know the difference.
The only reason I bring this up is that today, as we left our polling place, we stopped at a Girl Scout Bake Sale table (they were selling homemade muffins and homemade cookies and we bought some muffins and they were VERY tasty. Nothing beats homemade!)
As part of the conversation I said to the young women (they were early teens) that they were lucky because they would be able to vote when they were 18, unlike my husband and I who could not vote until we were 21. The middle-aged Mom, who was with them, was shocked! She never knew that there was a time when 18 wasn’t the legal age for everything. The woman was easily in her mid-40’s – and her reaction made me feel just that much older!
Count your blessings and your privileges and use them wisely, and often!