October 23, 2014
by Addison Morris
The UN Human Rights Committee urged China on Thursday to ensure universal suffrage in Hong Kong, including both the right to vote and the right to stand for election without unreasonable restrictions. Currently, the Chinese government plans to allow only Beijing loyalists to stand in 2017 ...[read more]
October 20, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The Bolivian top electoral court on Sunday confirmed the reelection of President Evo Morales, making this the politician's third consecutive term. The president, who will serve in office until January 2020, received 61 percent of the vote. According to the electoral court, a recount will be ...[read more]
October 15, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A US federal appeals court on Tuesday said that Texas may enforce its voter ID law despite a lower judge's ruling that the law is unconstitutional. A three-judge panel of thUS Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit temporarily reinstated the law but declined to rule on its merits, stating that the ...[read more]
October 14, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The president of Spain's Catalonia region on Tuesday called off an independence vote that was scheduled for November 9. The vote was suspended after the Spanish government challenged its legality last month. Artur Mas, president of the Catalonia region, stated that an unofficial poll will still ...[read more]
October 13, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
US District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos on Saturday filed a permanent injunction against the enforcement of a Texas voter ID law. The injunction follows a 147-page opinion issued on Thursday in which Ramos found that the voter ID law violates the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments of the US ...[read more]
October 10, 2014
by Alexandra Farone
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas on Thursday ruled that a Texas voter ID law violates the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments of the US Constitution because it is racially discriminatory and places a substantial burden on the right to vote. The law requires ...[read more]
October 9, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Estonian Parliament, the Riigikogu, passed legislation Thursday legalizing same-sex partnerships. The act passed by a narrow 40-38 vote with another 23 lawmakers abstaining. The new law grants couples in same-sex partnerships similar rights as married couples, including legal protection for ...[read more]
October 6, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A Texas judge has filed a lawsuit in Dallas County in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals challenging the state's voter ID law, claiming that it violates the Texas Constitution. The law, which requires the showing of a photo ID in order to vote in elections, attempts to prevent voter fraud, while... ...[read more]
October 6, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The British parliament next week will vote on whether the government should recognize the state of Palestine following its return from recess next Monday. Though the move is unlikely to influence official policy, it would result in increased attention towards the issue and could be favored by ...[read more]
October 6, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Oregon voters are set to vote this fall on Measure 91, which would legalize recreational marijuana in the state. Under the proposed initiative, recreational sale of marijuana would be governed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which would be granted the power to select licensees and ...[read more]

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