Enfranchising Displaced Voters: Lessons from Bosnia-Herzegovina

Lauren Prather, Erik S. Herron
2007 Election Law Journal  
How can the designers and administrators of election rules balance the need to enfranchise voters with the need to ensure the integrity of the vote? This tension is particularly acute when large numbers of voting-age citizens are displaced from their permanent residences due to war, natural disaster, or other conditions. Our article addresses the challenges of enfranchising refugees and internally-displaced persons (IDPs) by assessing statutory and practical experiences of Bosnia-Herzegovina
more » ... snia-Herzegovina from 1996-2006. This article adds to the research on displaced voters by exploring the treatment of refugees and IDPs in election laws, the debate surrounding their inclusion, and by assessing the participation of refugees and IDPs in one country across many elections.
doi:10.1089/elj.2007.6402 fatcat:qrtnligl2vhxndhoyu6zc3f6iy