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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Universal Suffrage

Marek Domin

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 24 September 2022

Subject(s):
Women's suffrage — Indigenous right to vote — Electoral rules and regulations — Electoral systems — Compulsory voting — Restrictions on voting — Universal suffrage — Direct democracy — Representative democracy — Right to participate in elections

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.
Managing Editor: Ana Harvey

1 Universal suffrage is generally understood as the right to vote for political representatives conferred to almost all adult citizens or residents, regardless of their social status, property, knowledge, religion, race, gender, or other similar qualifications. The principle of universal suffrage, together with principles of equal, free, secret, and direct suffrage, present fundamental principles of elections common to all democracies around the world. Universal suffrage is one of two historically developed concepts of the suffrage—consisting of the right to vote...
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