College Students’ Right to Vote

College Students and Voting Rights

Amendment XXVI

Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States, who are 18 years of age or older, to vote, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of age.

Section 2.The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.


The 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution changed the voting age from 21 to 18, making it possible for a higher percentage of college students to vote.

The U.S. Supreme Court cases Dunn v. Blumstein found that durational residence requirements for voters were unconstitutional, thus ensuring the right of college students to vote either in their hometowns or their college cities or towns.

The Brennan Center for Justice Student Voting Guide addresses concerns students may have about how voter registration may impact residency, financial aid, tuition, taxes and car registration in each state.


Works Cited

26th Amendment. U.S. Constitution. Cornell University Law School.  Legal Information Institute.  LII.

Dunn v. Blumstein – 405 U.S. 330 (1972) Volume 405. US Supreme Court.  US Case Law.  US Law.  Justia.  Justia US Supreme Court.

Student Voting Guide | FAQ.  Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.  August 31, 2010.

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