C. Conclusion

Author:Robert J. Sharpe - Kent Roach
Profession:Court of Appeal for Ontario - Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

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The right to vote is one of the most fundamental rights possessed by citizens in a democracy. In the cases that have come before the courts, judges have shown little sympathy for laws that deny the right to vote to particular groups or that discriminate against smaller, more marginal political parties. On the other hand, the courts have respected the historical and representational underpinnings of electoral-boundary design and hesitated to interfere with legislative judgment that is designed to promote the equality of all voters. The courts have also protected the rights of minority political parties to play a meaningful role in elections.


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