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Laxalt: Gambling or Voting Age

Paul Dominique Laxalt was governor of Nevada from 1967 to 1971.  He was born in Reno on August 2, 1922.  He was raised in Carson City where he opened his law practice.  He was elected Ormsby County District Attorney in 1950, Lieutenant Governor in 1962 and Governor in 1966.  After a brief return to private practice, Laxalt was elected U.S. Senator in 1974 and again in 1980.  In 1986 he stated that he would not seek re-election.
"Lowering the Voting Age," Paul Laxalt, 1967

You have been asked before to consider an amendment permitting young adults of 18 to vote. It is now time to take action.

As we have seen in the last election, and in the campaigns before it, young men and women are among the most active - and knowledgeable - political workers.

Their willingness to accept civic responsibility should be rewarded with the privilege of voting.
So should their willingness to accept the sacrifices our country has called on them to make on its battlefields since our founding days.

I believe, firmly, that young Americans are ready, at 18, to assume the role of voting citizens. I ask you to initiate action to amend Section 1 of Article 2 of the Constitution and appropriate sections of the Nevada Revised Statutes to lower the voting age of citizens from 21 to 18 years.

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Nevada State Library and Archives