President Simpson was among 50 prominent New Yorkers on the Citizens Committee for a Lower Voting Age. The committee’s goal was to help pass a referendum to allow 18-20 year olds to vote in state, city and local elections.  On July 1, 1971, the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the Constitution had reinforced federal legislation signed by President Nixon in 1970 lowering the voting age to 18 from 21, but a subsequent Supreme Court decision returned the right to determine the voting age in state and local elections to the states and municipalities.