Why Georgia? A Curious and Unappreciated Pioneer on the Road to Early Youth Enfranchisement in the United States

@article{Springer2020WhyGA,
  title={Why Georgia? A Curious and Unappreciated Pioneer on the Road to Early Youth Enfranchisement in the United States},
  author={Melanie Jean Springer},
  journal={Journal of Policy History},
  year={2020},
  volume={32},
  pages={273 - 324}
}
  • M. Springer
  • Published 1 July 2020
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Policy History
Abstract In 1943, Georgia’s constitution was amended to lower the voting age to eighteen, making it the first—and for twelve years, the only—state in the Union to establish a voting-age requirement below twenty-one. Despite being widely considered at the time by several national and state political actors, Georgia’s reform represents an important and unappreciated historical puzzle. First, few would regard mid-twentieth-century Georgia as being even modestly progressive, especially regarding… Expand

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