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Disenfranchisement of the College Student Vote: When a Resident is not a Resident

By Joseph A. Bollhofer


The standards used by state and local election officials to determine whether students may vote as residents of the communities in which they attend college vary significantly among the fifty states. Two fundamental rights conflict in determining whether college students should be entitled to vote as residents of their college communities: the right of students to equal protection of the laws and eh right of states to limit the right to vote to bona fide residents. This Comment demonstrates the need for the education of election officials and college students in the common law principles of domicile. Moreover, it will conclude that uniform voting residency standards and more efficient and comprehensive absentee-ballot voting systems are essential to the effective enfranchisement of students, a major congressional consideration in the passage of the twenty-sixth amendment

Topics: student, college, election, vote, resident, disenfranchise, disenfranchisement, Constitutional Law, Law
Publisher: FLASH: The Fordham Law Archive of Scholarship and History
Year: 1983
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