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New Zealand: Amendments to Enhance Voter Registration and Voting Processes Passed

(Mar. 16, 2020) On March 4, 2020, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Electoral Amendment Bill, which contains various amendments to the Electoral Act 1993 and the Electoral Regulations 1996 aimed at improving “enrolment and voting processes to better enfranchise voters, uphold the integrity of the electoral system by ensuring that elections are conducted efficiently […]

New Zealand: Bill to Restore Voting Rights for Some Prisoners Introduced

(Mar. 6, 2020) On February 25, 2020, the New Zealand government introduced the Electoral (Registration of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Bill in the Parliament. The bill amends the Electoral Act 1993 to enable people sentenced to terms of imprisonment of less than three years to vote in the country’s general elections. This would reinstate the rule […]

Malaysia: Bill Reducing Voting Age to 18 Passed

(July 18, 2019) On July 16, 2019, the Dewan Rakyat, the lower house of the Parliament of Malaysia, passed the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2019, which reduces the voting age in national and state elections from the current 21 years to 18 years. The Bill received 211 votes—the number of members present for the vote—surpassing the two-thirds […]

Russian Federation: Experimental E-voting to Be Conducted in Moscow City Duma Elections

(June 24, 2019) On May 29, 2019, the President of the Russian Federation signed a federal law allowing experimental distance electronic voting in the elections of representatives of the Moscow City Duma (state legislature). (Russian Federation Federal Law on Conducting an Experiment on the Organization and Implementation of Remote Electronic Voting in Elections of Deputies […]

Mexico: National Electoral Institute Challenges Reduction of Its Budget Before Supreme Court

(Feb. 4, 2019) Mexico’s National Electoral Institute (Instituto Nacional Electoral, INE) filed a constitutional suit before the Supreme Court of the Nation against the reduction of 950 million pesos (nearly US$50 million) that the lower house of Congress (Cámara de Diputados, Chamber of Deputies) made to the INE’s 2019 expenditures budget and the salary reductions […]

Russia: Persons Under House Arrest Will Be Allowed to Vote

(Dec. 11, 2018) Russian citizens placed under house arrest will be allowed to vote according to a law approved by the Federation Council (lower house of the Federal Assembly) on December 5, 2018. (Citizens Placed Under House Arrest Will Be Able to Vote—State Duma], RAPSI (Nov. 22, 2018) (in Russian); Law No. 1063338-6 on Introducing […]

Colombia: President Promulgates Reform of Youth Citizenship Statute

(June 13, 2018) On March 1, 2018, President Juan Manuel Santos promulgated Law 1885 of 2018 on Reforming the Statute on Youth Citizenship (Law 1622 of 2013). The new Law creates a political electoral system allowing youth between fourteen and twenty-eight years old to elect members of and be elected to municipal youth councils. Under […]

Israel: Constitutionality of Removal from Parliament for Incitement to Racism or Support for Armed Struggle Against the State

(June 7, 2018) On May 27, 2018, Israel’s Supreme Court, sitting as an extended panel of nine justices, rejected joint petitions challenging the constitutionality of amendments authorizing the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) to remove sitting members determined to have acted “in a way constituting incitement to racism or support of an armed struggle against the State […]