This week's questions from Genea-Musings:
The 2016 Presidential election is this coming Tuesday. When did you vote in your first Presidential election and, if you choose, who did you vote for? What about your parents? When did they first vote?
My first presidential election was in 1984, the year that David and I got married. We voted via absentee ballots as we were going to be on our honeymoon on election day.
The main candidates were Ronald Reagan and Walter Mondale. I had to look up the Democratic candidate because I couldn't remember who it was. I will never forget Ronald Reagan. David and I were blessed to see him in person when he came to the University of South Carolina while we were students there. Mr. Reagan was the best!
The voting age when my parents came of age was 21. My daddy turned 21 in December 1962. His first presidential election would have been 1964 (the year he married my mother). The candidates were Lyndon Johnson against Barry Goldwater. My mama turned 21 in March 1965, the year that I was born. Her first presidential election would have been in 1968, the year that she had my little sister, who was her 4th and final successful pregnancy. There were three main candidates that year: Richard Nixon, Hubert Humphrey, and George Wallace. I do not know whether my parents voted in the first elections in which they were eligible to vote or not.
The 26th Amendment, lowering the voting age from 21 years of age to 18, was ratified by 3/4 of the states and became part of the Constitution on 1 July 1971.
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