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Access to Electoral Rights in Europe and the Americas

 

THE NATIONAL ELECTORAL LAWS DATABASE

EUDO CITIZENSHIP has collected a large body of legislation governing elections (especially the rights to vote and stand in elections) held at the supranational, national, regional and local levels in European and American states. The database is a first of its kind and will be useful for both academics and practitioners.  

This inventory of electoral law is available at the EUDO CITIZENSHIP National Electoral Laws Database.

 

COUNTRY REPORTS ON ACCESS TO ELECTORAL RIGHTS

In 2013, EUDO-CITIZENSHIP launched a new country report series on 'Access to Electoral rights' for each of the EU Member States, written by our country experts

Access the ELECTORAL RIGHTS reports on our country profile pages. 

 

CONDITIONS FOR ELECTORAL RIGHTS 2015

Our Conditions for Electoral Rights datasets include information on conditions for eligibility and access to the voting and candidacy rights in the 28 EU Member States, 20 American countries, Australia and New Zealand in 2015. The datasets can be searched by country or by type of election. It covers 13 types of elections for 3 categories of persons: citizen residents, non-citizen residents, and non-resident citizens. 

Access CONDITIONS FOR ELECTORAL RIGHTS here.

Our previous 2013 Electoral Rights Database, which covered the 28 EU Member States is available here.

 

ELECLAW INDICATORS

The ELECLAW indicators are based on qualitative information provided in our country reports and electoral rights database. Our comprehensive quantitative indicators measure the degree of inclusion of the electoral franchise for three categories of potential voters or candidates: resident citizens, non-resident citizens and non-citizen residents. They cover both the right to vote (VOTLAW) and the right to stand as candidate (CANLAW) in three types of elections (presidential, legislative and referendum) at four levels (European, national, regional and local). Users can generate their own custom-made comparative tables, charts and maps. The ELECLAW indicators currently cover the 28 EU Member States and 19 countries in the Americas.

Access the ELECLAW indicators here.

 

THE 2013 FRACIT REPORT

In 2012 EUDO CITIZENSHIP was selected by the Committee on Constitutional Affairs of the European Parliament (AFCO) to conduct a study on the franchise and electoral participation of third country citizens residing in the European Union, and of European citizens in third countries. 

The FRACIT project was jointly carried out by the European University Institute, the University of Edinburgh, University College Dublin, the University of Sussex and a network of country experts.

By broadening the thematic coverage of the observatory from citizenship status to voting rights, the FRACIT project provides a systematic comparison in both areas that is still missing.

The FRACIT report focuses on the electoral rights of EU citizens when resident outside the state where they are citizens, and on the electoral rights of third country citizens resident in the EU Member States. The study therefore analyses the situation throughout the EU Member States and also in 10 non-EU states (i.e. Brazil, Canada, India, Morocco, New Zealand, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States).

The report study additionally covers several complementary issues i.e. the consular representation of EU citizens outside the territory of the Union, and also the restrictions placed by the Member States on the access of non-citizens to high public office. 

Read or download the FRACIT report.