Canada: Voting restrictions on expatriate citizens are unconstitutional, Supreme Court rules | The Globe and Mail

Barring expatriate Canadians from voting in federal elections is rooted in bygone days of horses and buggies and violates Canada’s modern constitution, says the Supreme Court, which on Friday ensured a lasting franchise for long-term non-residents. Two Canadians working in the United States, Gillian Frank and Jamie Duong, challenged federal voting restrictions after they were unable to vote in the federal election of 2011. At the time, the law said non-resident citizens could not vote if they had lived more than five years abroad.

South Korea: Record number of overseas Koreans cast ballots in presidential election | Korea World

A record number of overseas South Koreans have cast ballots in early overseas voting for the country’s upcoming presidential election, the election watchdog said Monday. A total of 221,981 overseas voters cast ballots over a six-day voting period that ended Sunday, according to the National Election Commission. There are about 1.97 million South Korean nationals who are staying overseas and are eligible to take part in the presidential election slated to be held next Tuesday.

Russia: No easy task for Russian citizens to cast ballot in Ukraine | Ukraine Today

Russia will hold elections to the State Duma, the lower house of the parliament, on Sept.18. For Russian citizens living in Ukraine, participating in next month’s parliamentary elections won’t be as easy as it was five year ago, when there were 17 voting stations scattered across the country, Meduza reports. This year, citing concerns about safety, Russia is only making four voting stations available to citizens. In 2011, roughly 23,000 Russians voted in Ukraine.