Disputed Election Results: A More Rigorous "Magic Number Test"

Francis Hane, Heather Emptage

Abstract


The Gore v Bush disputed election case brought the questioning of the accuracy of election procedures into international news and the minds of
electors worldwide. In addition to this notorious case, there have been a number of disputed election results in recent years each generating extensive public interest and forcing the judiciary into difficult and split decisions having wide ranging policy and constitutional implications. Elections are the pillar of democratic societies and in order for citizens and societies to have faith in their system of government, elections must be transparent, accurate and binding. In many nations, including Canada, the democratic process is enshrined in their constitution, regardless of whether it is written or unwritten, codified or not.


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