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Elections, in addition to achieving the main goal - the formation of government bodies - perform a number of important political functions. These include:

  • Understanding the interests of various social groups. During election is an acute understanding of human vital problems.Pre-election programs of candidates are trying to concentrated form to express these concerns and those most contribute not only to the political education of voters, but also formation of their active position.
  • Competitiveness interests various social groups. In the electoral process, these interests otkritsallizovyvayutsya reveals their priority.
  • Intstitutsionalizatsiya relations entrepreneurship. Candidate gathered the necessary number signatures in its support, has already acquired its own resources to conduct campaign, using the material and ideological means provided by law.
  • Forming activity population. As a rule, political voter turnout during elections is increasing, they are more effectively master the problems of political life, often revising or clarifying their political positions.
Basic principles of free democratic elections We can distinguish two groups of principles: first, principles of electoral law defining the status, position every citizen in the elections, and secondly, the general principles of organization elections, characterizing the fundamental organizational, including number and social conditions of their democracy. The democratic principles of electoral law include:
  1. Universality - all citizens, regardless of gender, race, national, class or professional affiliation, language, income, wealth, education, religions or political beliefs are active (as voters) and passive (in as a candidate) right to participate in elections. Generality limited to only a very small number of qualifications. Age ness and disability, moral ness.

Currently, the return requirement in most countries is 18 years old, some countries it is higher - 21 (Malaysia, Morocco, Bolivia, Cameroon, Jamaica) in some lower - 16 (Brazil and Iran), 17 (Indonesia). In the U.S., for example, in 1787 the right to vote was granted only to white male property owners, property qualification disappeared only at the end of XIX century. Women received the right to vote only in the 20 th year, under the influence of the October Revolution in Russia, and black - to late 60-ies.Until 1970 in some states limit existed on literacy. Universal suffrage was confirmed in a democratic world immediately after the Second World War.

Timmy Dunn For Congress
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Fayetteville, NC  28303
(910) 484-5353

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