Jul 1, 2021
The 26th Turns 50 (And Still Needs ID To Vote)!
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"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."

In this episode, student representatives from the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition, Campus Vote Project, the Student Voting Network, and the Andrew Goodman Foundation join together to share stories about the 26th Amendment and what it meant contemporaneously as well as concurrently. 

CVP's Jenna Greene takes you back in time to relive the thoughts and emotions of young people, writing letters to their representatives, seeking greater representation during the tumult of the late 1960's and early 1970's. SLSV & CVP's Kassie Phebillo shares how people can engage with SLSV and its social media events celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 26th Amendment. CVP Intern Kyah Probst moderates a discussion between CVP Democracy Fellow Alex Flowers, CVP Student Advisory Board Member Kamryn Yanchick, and CVP Democracy Fellow / Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere Ambassador Christina Williams. President of Carnegie Mellon University's Graduate Student Assembly Divyansh Kaushik shares Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's proclamation making April 27th a recognized day in the pantheon of Pennsylvania's democracy toolbelt.

Join SLSV on Thursday July 1st from 2-3PM EST for a live Twitter chat, and engage with the resources below! You matter. Your vote matters. Your voice matters. Make it heard.

Recommended resources and webpages for further review:

CIRCLE Youth Vote 2020 Data:

SLSV 26th Amendment Homepage:

SLSV 26th Amendment Communications Toolkit:

SLSV Twitter Chat, Live on July 1st from 2-3PM, which you can find by following @SLSVCoalition on Twitter or by using #26ForThe26th, #26thAmendment, or #StudentVote

  • ENGLISH 866-OUR-VOTE / 866-687-8683
  • SPANISH/ENGLISH 888-VE-Y-VOTA / 888-839-8682
  • ARABIC/ENGLISH 844-YALLA-US / 844-925-5287

If you're a student and want to join the Student Voting Network, you can join us here:

If you want to find more resources about student voting in your state, check out Campus Vote Project's nationwide database for voting information:

A very special thank you to: 

The University of Oklahoma's Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center for sharing constituent letters. 

SLSV Coalition, for tireless work in uplifting student voices. 

All episode participants. 

American Democracy, and the zealous defenders of it. 

Produced by Jenna Greene, Benjamin Nixon, and Kyah Probst.

Music and editing by Benjamin Nixon.

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