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Democracy and DisenfranchisementThe Morality of Electoral Exclusions$
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Claudio López-Guerra

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198705789

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198705789.001.0001

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Disenfranchisement on the Basis of Nonresidency and Noncitizenship

Disenfranchisement on the Basis of Nonresidency and Noncitizenship

(p.83) 4 Disenfranchisement on the Basis of Nonresidency and Noncitizenship
Democracy and Disenfranchisement

Claudio López-Guerra

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the exclusion of noncitizen residents cannot be justified and that the exclusion of nonresident citizens can be justified. These ideas correspond, respectively, to the third and fourth precepts of the Critical Suffrage Doctrine. The chapter argues that asking permanent residents to naturalize as a condition for voting is unacceptable. As for nonresidents in general, the chapter contends that we should take into account their interests in designing political institutions that might affect them. But it is a mistake to conclude on that basis that, in a globalized world, everyone should vote everywhere. As for nonresident citizens in particular, several arguments for their enfranchisement are considered and rejected.

Keywords:   external voting, noncitizen voting rights, transnational citizenship, membership, affected interests

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