Constitutional Amendment Article II, Section 1

Amendment Article II, Section 1


Minimum age requirement for Senate set at 21.

HJR 26                       1969

            Senate:            1635-1637

            House:            1989-1998

            Committee:     Constitutional Amendments: None

                                                Total Pages: 13  pages


Adopted: November 25, 1970 by a popular vote of  471,516 in favor and  130,178 against.


“Right now the constitution says that you have to be an elector [to run for public office].  What we mean by elector in this state will be reduced from 21 to 18.  The purpose of this . . . is to keep the requirement age of 21 for occupancy of a chair in the Senate or House.”


–Senator Barry speaking on the floor of the Connecticut Senate on May 7, 1969 to explain a constitutional amendment which will preserve the age requirement for elective office. In 1971 the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution changed the voting age from 21 to 18.