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The US law permitting permanent expatriates to vote in federal elections needs to be placed on a sturdier constitutional footing

Kalt, Brian (2015) The US law permitting permanent expatriates to vote in federal elections needs to be placed on a sturdier constitutional footing. USApp– American Politics and Policy Blog (18 Aug 2015). Website.

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Abstract

US Citizens have a right to vote in federal elections in their former states even if they have permanently left the country. Brian Kalt argues that this right, and the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act from which it flows, has constitutional problems given that those who have left are no longer ‘people of the state’. He writes that Congress cannot simply rewrite states’ voter-eligibility requirements as it pleases. He suggests that to address the problem, Congress could establish territory-style representation in the form of non-voting House delegates or piggyback reforms on to the proposed National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science.; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
K Law > KF United States Federal Law
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2015 11:19
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 20:18
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/63610

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