The Right to Vote at Age 18: Gen Z and the Fight against Voter Suppression

July 1 marks 50 years since the ratification of the 26th Amendment. The lowering of the voting age from 21 to 18 had lasting impacts on the political and cultural landscapes of the 1970s, but even now youth organizing and social activism have a massive influence on American elections, policies and progress.

In honor of this historic anniversary, join our panel of youth organizers leading the fight against youth voter suppression and to learn how the 26th Amendment might help provide contemporary solutions.


This is a free, online-only program; you must pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event. We welcome donations made during registration to support the production of our online programming.

This event is generously underwritten by Levi Strauss & Co.


Levi Strauss & Co.

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Thandiwe Abdullah

Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter Youth Vanguard

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Alex Edgar

Voting Rights Activist; University of California, Berkeley, Freshman Class of 2025

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Divyansh Kaushik

Ph.D. student, Carnegie Mellon University; President, Carnegie Mellon University Graduate Student Assembly; Advisory Board Member, Students Learn Students Vote

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Rainesford Stauffer

Freelance Writer; Author, An Ordinary Age—Moderator