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The Accuracy of Electoral Regulations: The Case of theRight to Vote by People with Cognitive Impairments
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2014 (English)In: Social Policy and Society, ISSN 1474-7464, E-ISSN 1475-3073, Vol. 13, no 2, 221-233 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

People with cognitive impairments are regularly denied access to the vote in democraticnations. At the same time, the accuracy of legal regulations is uncertain due to thevariety of legal classifications and the vague administrative procedures envisaged for theirimplementation. This article offers an extensive analysis of the accuracy of legal restrictionson the vote for people with cognitive impairments in all electoral democracies. The articleargues that the prospect of ever regulating the vote accurately, in the sense of avoidingboth misclassifications and arbitrary administration of restrictions, is difficult to envisage.In the face of the regulatory problems associated with the attempt to restrict the votefor people with cognitive impairment, it is concluded that enfranchisement of all adultcitizens would constitute an improvement.

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2014. Vol. 13, no 2, 221-233 p.
Keyword [en]
Voting rights, cognitive impairment, regulatory problem, arbitrariness
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Political Science
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-101328DOI: 10.1017/S1474746413000407OAI: diva2:702977
Available from: 2014-03-05 Created: 2014-03-05 Last updated: 2014-04-09Bibliographically approved

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