U.S. Election - 1970

FROM BERLIN...

by R. W. Rynerson

This was taped in advance for KLC Radio, the Lewis & Clark College campus radio station in Portland, Oregon. I don't know if they aired it or not, or whether they even received it through the mail in time. It is reproduced here because it adds some more details of life in Berlin Brigade. The punctuation is my own style for radio news of the period. At the time this was written on my Berlin desktop, the absentee vote from soldiers was not of as great interest as it sometimes is now, because the 26th Amendment was not in effect until the 1972 elections, so soldiers younger than 21 could not vote. My native state, Oregon, took an earlier attempt to force the lowered voting age on the states to the United States Supreme Court, in Oregon v. Mitchell (1970 case). In the draftee-based military of 1970, this included a substantial number of military non-voters. For more information on the youth vote and the history of the 26th Amendment, visit: http://www.closeup.org/amend.pdf . [In 2012, link may be inactive.]

Shared desk in a two-man room in Andrews Barracks - 1970.

 Midpoint of the Cold War

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