Preserving the Past, Informing the Future
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Eligibility for office lowered to 18.
CONSTITUTION ARTICLE VI, Section 10
Adopted: November 26, 1980 by a popular vote of 357,845 in favor and 320,945 against.
“ … even if we allow 18-year-olds the right to run for office, this certainly won’t assure his or her election. The process is an arduous one and difficult and, in many ways, helps sort people out.”
--Rep. Hendel speaking on the floor of the Connecticut House of Representatives on Friday, May 4, 1979 to explain a proposed constitutional amendment to lower the age requirement for elective office to 18.