Elections and Voters' Rights
Though democratic, universal suffrage has been enshrined as a basic human right by the United Nations (UN), many countries continue to struggle to hold safe, secure elections in which all citizens enjoy full voting rights. Fraud, corruption, and other misconduct undermine confidence in the voting process and election security. Discriminatory policies have deprived entire demographics from being able to exercise their vote, while some electoral systems operate in such ways that some votes may carry more weight. Further, election technologies remain vulnerable to outside interference such as cyberattacks by terrorists and foreign nations.
In 1948, as part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the UN identified the right to participate in government as a basic right. Article 21...Read more