Apr 21, 2008

The Most Controversial Change

There have been a few changes to the laws of citizenship since the first draft of the Constitution in October, 1999. For example, originally there was a push to allow voting by citizens as young as 16, although this never made it to a draft. There has been a rather persistent attempt to change the right to vote since the very beginning. Her Majesty, the Queen, has been the leading proponent of this alteration and, after 9 years, she has prevailed. Here is the new language on the right to vote;

"(4) The right to vote is not universal. In order to have the ability to vote, must;

(a) Have Edanian citizenship

(b) Be male

(c) Be at least 18 years old

(d) Not be barred from voting due to penalties imposed by the courts for a specific conviction

(e) Have valid census information on file with the Ministry of State no more than 5 years old

(f) Have met the minimum education standards of the Kingdom as defined in this constitution as demonstrated by formal test"

This means that women do not have suffrage within the Kingdom. Further, it imposes a minimum standard of reading and writing in one of the Kingdom's official languages.

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