Commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 26th Amendment

How did 18 year olds get the vote? The hidden story...

The 26th Amendment was passed by Congress on March 23, 1971, and ratified July 1, 1971. New Hampshire ratified the 26th Amendment on May 13th, 1971. The 26th amendment granted the right to vote to American citizens aged eighteen or older.

NH House Representative Mel Myler was directly involved with this process and here is what he has to say: "There is a little-known story of the grassroots effort to pass this amendment.  In 1967, I was fortunate to be at the heart of initiating the creation of the Youth Franchise Coalition which became the sponsoring organization/movement to establish enabling 12 million new voters to enable them to participate as voters in the election process."

  • How did they organize?
  • How did they find common ground?
  • What was learned and what are the takeaways for today?


Event format:

Free via Zoom. All are welcome!
  • Live panel discussion with
    •   Rep. Renny Cushing
    •   Rep. Joseph Depalma
    •   Rep. Mel Myler
    •   Rep. Josh Query
    •   Rep. Safiya Wazir
    •   Ian McGowan
    •   Pat Keefer and others

  • An update on NH HB 273 which aims to proclaim May 13, 2021 as youth franchise and youth officeholder day
  • Celebratory song from Katherine Thorner through the Manchester Community Music School
  • Responses and feedback from young leadership in NH 
  • Live Question & Answer session


Thu, May 13, 2021  3:30pm - 5:00pm

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Commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 26th Amendment

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