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CONSTITUTION ARTICLE III, Section 3
Minimum age requirement for Senate set at 21.
Adopted: November 1970 by a popular vote of 471,516 in favor and 130,178 against.
“Right now the constitution says that you have to be an elector [to run for public office]. What we mean by elector in this state will be reduced from 21 to 18. The purpose of this … is to keep the requirement age of 21 for occupancy of a chair in the Senate or House.”
--Senator Barry speaking on the floor of the Connecticut Senate on May 7, 1969 to explain constitutional amendment which will preserve the age requirement for elective office. In 1971 the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution changed the voting age from 21 to 18.