Right to Vote in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Jones v Garnett (Inspector of Taxes)
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 25 Jul 2007

    On this point, if it arose, I would accept the submissions for Mr Jones. Each share carries a right to share in dividends duly declared. In addition each share carries the right to share in the distribution of assets in the event of a members' winding up and the right to vote at general meetings of the Company. The rights attaching to the ordinary shares in the Company are unaffected by the alleged arrangement.

  • R (on the application of James Alistair Preston) v The Lord President of the Council
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 25 Oct 2012

    I agree with Mr Subiotto that what is effectively a suspension of the right to vote of those British citizens who voluntarily choose to reside in another Member State for more than 15 years can be characterised as a "disadvantage." It does not follow, however, that every disadvantage of non-residence in the UK is a restriction on or deterrent to free movement.

    That question obviously does not have to be answered in terms of statistical evidence or specific evidence of actual cases of deterrence. In practice the claimant's assertion about the potential effect of the 15 year rule on free movement is very difficult to demonstrate by any means, because it does not square with ordinary human experience.

  • Moohan, Petitioner
    • Supreme Court (Scotland)
    • 17 Dec 2014

    The European Commission on Human Rights and the Strasbourg Court have repeatedly held in decisions on admissibility that article 10 did not protect the right to vote or other rights already secured by A3P1 as the lex specialis. See, for example, Liberal Party v United Kingdom (1980) 4 EHRR 106, paras 14–16, and the other cases to which the Lord Ordinary referred at para 37 of his opinion.

  • Re Power Builders (Surrey) Ltd v Petrus Estates Ltd and Others
    • Chancery Division
    • 31 Oct 2008

    If the chairman decides to mark the claim as “objected to”, he must allow the alleged creditor to vote, but the vote is subject to being subsequently declared invalid if the objection to the proof is sustained. Yet the only right of appeal is that contained in rule 4.70 (2) which allows an appeal against the chairman's decision.

  • Caparo Industries Plc v Dickman
    • House of Lords
    • 08 Feb 1990

    Thus the history of the legislation is one of an increasing availability of information regarding the financial affairs of the company to those having an interest in its progress and stability.

  • R (on the application of James Alistair Preston) v The Lord President of the Council
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 01 Dec 2011

    On September 2, 2009, the claimant applied to Wandsworth Borough Council, the first defendant, to be registered to vote in UK elections. By letter received on December 15, 2009, the first defendant rejected the claimant's application, by reason of the application of the 15 year rule.

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Legislation
  • Companies Act 2006
    • UK Non-devolved
    • January 01, 2006
    ......(i) prescribed particulars of the rights attached to the shares,. . . (ii) the total number of shares of that ...(i) having regard to the number of members who consented to or voted in favour of the resolution, no such application may be made, or. . . ......
  • The Insolvency (England and Wales) Rules 2016
    • UK Non-devolved
    • January 01, 2016
    ...... (b) a statement that the creditor has the right to elect to opt out of receiving further documents about the proceedings ... opting-out will not affect any right the creditor may have to vote in a decision procedure or a participate in a deemed consent procedure in ......
  • Corrupt Practices Prevention Act 1854
    • UK Non-devolved
    • January 01, 1854
    ...... to procure, any Money, or valuable Consideration, to or for any Voter, or to or for any Person on behalf of any Voter, or to or for any other .... VIII. No Person having a Right to vote at the Election for any County, City, Borough, or other Place ......
  • Companies Act 1948
    • UK Non-devolved
    • January 01, 1948
    ......for adjustment of the rights of the contributories among themselves,. such amount as may be required, ...person who has consented to or voted in favour of the alteration. . (3) An application under this section ......
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Books & Journal Articles
  • Electing the Electorate: The Problem of Prisoner Disenfranchisement
    • Nbr. 69-3, May 2006
    • The Modern Law Review
    The issue of prisoner disenfranchisement is examined in the light of the recent decision of the European Court of Human Rights in Hirst v UK. It is argued that the arguments in favour of denying pr...
    ...... in the light of the recent decision of the European Court of Human Rights in Hirst v UK . It is argued that the arguments in favour of denying soners the right to vote lack plausibility . Prisoner disenfranchisement cannot be coherently ......
  • Revolutionising the voting process through online strategies
    • Nbr. 29-5, October 2005
    • Online Information Review
    • 513-530
    Purpose: To provide practitioners of information management with an overview and framework to explore the various controversies associated with the methods of traditional methods of voting with ele...
    ......I-voting could also reduce the number of errors made by both the voters and the electoral administrators, and allow for easier adoption of uniform ... there are heated debates about the pros and cons of handing over the right to vote, using a system that is prone to security risks from outside ......
  • Workplace Characteristics and Working Class Vote for the Old and New Right
    • Nbr. 55-1, March 2017
    • British Journal of Industrial Relations
    This article focuses on the role of plant size for working class vote. We argue that workplace size does matter for political behaviour. Workers in smaller plants are less unionized and therefore b...
  • Democracy by Default: The Representation of the People Act 2000
    • Nbr. 64-1, January 2001
    • The Modern Law Review
    ......3 The RPA 2000 seeks to encourage voter participation by modernising the system of electoral registration, by ... issues of principle concerning the enjoyment and exercise of the right to vote. ß The Modern Law Review Limited 2001 (MLR 64:1, January). ......
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Law Firm Commentaries
  • Sex discrimination law review final report
    • JD Supra United Kingdom
    2018 is a momentous year, in that it marks 100 years since British women were given the right to vote. Things have moved on a bit since 1918, and we can safely say that there have been many positiv...
    ...... year, in that it marks 100 years since British women were given the right to vote. Things have moved on a bit since 1918, and we can safely say that ......
  • The May General Election will be Incompatible with Prisoners' Human Rights - What are the implications?
    • Mondaq United Kingdom
    ...... prepare for the general election, they are being reminded of the potential consequences of failing to fully address this issue before votes are cast. It has been suggested that prisoners could sue if they are not allowed to vote in this year's general election, but could there be other ......
  • What Does The Court Of Protection Have To Do With My Vote?
    • Mondaq UK
    ...... It appears I am not the first to ask myself this question though. Although I am barely scratching the surface, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) have had their fair share of complaints regarding capacity and discrimination issues, and the notable case of ......
  • Prisoner Challenges Holyrood Voting Rights
    • Mondaq United Kingdom
    ...It has been reported today that convicted murderer, George McGeoch, has raised court proceedings in a bid to win his right to vote in the Holyrood election on 5 May. He is seeking to challenge the UK government's policy, which does not allow votes for convicted prisoners, as ......
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