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Washington Voting Age of 19, HJR 6 (1970)

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The Washington Voting Age of 19 Amendment, also known as House Joint Resolution 6, was on the November 3, 1970 ballot in Washington as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have reduced the voting age from 21 to 19. The measure would have amended Section 1 of Article VI of the Washington Constitution.[1]

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On July 1, 1971, the US Congress adopted Amendment 26 to the US Constitution, thus barring the federal and state governments from setting a voting age higher than eighteen. Washington's voting age was reduced to eighteen thereafter.

Election results

Washington HJR 6 (1970)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No570,43854.67%
Yes 473,029 45.33%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Shall Article VI, Section 1 of the state Constitution be amended to reduce from 21 years to 19 years the age at which an otherwise qualified person shall be entitled to vote and to remove currently inoperative language pertaining to the voting qualifications of certain citizens?

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