Supreme Court rules 1993 law banning long term expats from voting “unconstitutional”.

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Two long term expats living in the United States brought their case on their right to vote in Canadian elections to the Supreme Court of Canada.

They claimed that their rights under the Charter were violated by a 1993 law that bars citizens living outside of Canada for more than five years from voting. 

Today, the Supreme Court of Canada sided with them, ruling the law unconstitutional. 

This opens the way for over two million Canadian citizens to vote in elections that have no impact on their lives. Just in time for the 2019 elections. 

 

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