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Legislative action that proposed this amendment: HJR1 1971 Regular Session

Disposition: This amendment was not presented to voters for ratification.

Amends article 4 section 2

4:2

Every citizen of the United States, 18 years of age or over, who has been a legal resident of this state for six months and of the county for sixty days next preceding any election, shall be entitled to vote in the election, except that in a presidential election year persons who make proper proof of residence in this state as required by federal law, may register and vote for a president and a vice-president of the United States only.

[The Legislature proposed this amendment during its winter 1971 Regular Session. Shortly after the session ended, on March 23, 1971, the U.S. Congress proposed the 26th amendment to the United States Constitution, which granted 18-year-olds the right to vote nationwide. The various states rapidly ratified this amendment; it became part of the U.S. Constitution on July 1, 1971, before Utah's proposed state-level amendment had yet come to voters. Because Utah's proposed amendment had become moot, the Legislature acted in 1972 (see SJR2) to retract this proposed amendment from the ballot.]