37-2: Elections and the Law Archives - LawNow Magazine

Electoral Finance Rules at Home and Around the World

Non-partisan oversight of how political candidates and parties obtain donations for their campaigns, what they are allowed to spend that money on, and how much they are allowed to spend, is critical for transparent, democratic elections. Is there a link between the level of political freedom and how the financing and expenditures of political campaigns […]

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Brian Seaman
Brian Seaman
Brian Seaman has been a past contributor to LawNow Magazine. He is a freelance writer and legal researcher.
 

Riding the Election Cycle: The Role of Elections Alberta

When it comes to election administration, there are always common questions that are asked. Does everyone have an equal opportunity to participate in our democracy? Who is responsible for the elections? What happens in between and after elections? Are election laws respected? Democracy isn’t something that’s practiced once every four years, it occurs every day […]

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Sean Rathwell
Sean Rathwell works in Community Outreach for Elections Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta.
 

Running for Office: A Candidate’s Journey

In April 2010, I was sitting in a hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia with a remarkable group of women from all around the world who were attending a conference of the World Movement for Democracy. Each of them had been a candidate for parliament in their home countries, many of them had not succeeded. Most of […]

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Anita Vandenbeld
Anita Vandenbeld
Anita Vandenbeld is a global expert in democratic development and women’s political participation, and has worked in Bosnia, Kosovo, DR Congo, and currently Bangladesh with international organizations such as the United Nations Development Program, the Organization for Security and Cooperation and the National Democratic Institute.
 

Democracy After Post-Conflict Elections: Are we there yet?

 “The election went reasonably well, millions voted, not too many died and the fraud was mostly detected and removed. But the elected members sit in a chaotic and dysfunctional assembly, concerned mainly to gain personal power and caring little for those whom they represent. As a result the president governs as he wishes.” This imaginary […]

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Michael Clegg
Michael Clegg was Parliamentary Counsel to the Alberta Legislature and Legal Advisor to the Alberta Chief Electoral Officer. He has worked for both the Canadian House of Commons and the Senate as a legislative drafter and committee counsel. More recently, he has worked for the UN and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems in post-conflict states including Namibia, Bolivia, Iraq, Lebanon, East Timor, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Yemen and Cambodia.
 

American and Canadian Election Laws: Top 10 Differences

Introduction There are distinct differences in Canadian and American federal election law and practices. For example, while the processes differ, American primaries are essentially party nominations in Canada. The American process for drawing constituency boundaries (often referred to as “gerrymandering”) is much more politicized than in Canada. On the other hand, party discipline is palpably […]

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Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal is a Professor of Law at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.
 

Lauren Stan
Lauren Stan is a student at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.
 


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