By Ann O'LoughlinMinister for Health Simon Harris was not entitled to commit public monies to making contraception freely available as part of "a narrative for voting Yes" in the abortion referendum, a Dublin woman seeking to challenge the referendum result has told the High Court.The Minister’s advocacy of a Yes vote created a “fundamental conflict of interest” between his duties as holder of that office, including in relation to women’s health, Killian McMorrow BL, for Joanna Jordan, argued.The Minister’s “key role” in the campaign to repeal the Eighth amendment created “voter confusion” concerning whether or not the Minister was speaking in his official role, he said. Such confusion was underlined by the Minister answering questions about the cervical smears controversy while attending a vote for Yes event, he said.The fact the Minister was being paid a salary out of public monies while advocating a Yes vote breached the … [Read more...] about Dublin woman challenging referendum result says Minister caused ‘voter confusion’
Hadleigh is set to decide the fate of its divided town council today, in an extraordinary referendum asking electors if they would like to see all existing councillors resign.Residents will go to the polls between 4pm and 9pm to cast their ballot on the question: ‘Would you like the current Councillors of Hadleigh Town Council to resign (due to having no confidence in them due to the town council being dysfunctional in their current form)?’The vote was called after a motion was passed at a public meeting in May, following months of internal disputes, which has led to a number of councillors resigning, as well as rising public discontent.However, the result of the poll will not be legally binding.Both sides of the debate made their final case to voters this week, with leaflets being distributed around the town advocating for and against the proposition.The Hadleigh Together community group, which supports the ‘Yes’ vote and is backed by several current and former … [Read more...] about Hadleigh voters go to polls for referendum on if town councillors should resign
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Herb Jackson USA TODAY Published 8:58 p.m. UTC Jun 27, 2018 The message 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez delivered in a web video last month may not have been specifically about federal issues, but it went viral and struck a chord in the diverse New York City district where she beat 10-term Rep. Joe Crowley in Tuesday's Democratic primary. "After 20 years of the same representation, we have to ask: Who has New York been changing for?" Ocasio-Cortez said as Crowley was shown on the screen. "Every day gets harder for working families like mine to get by. The rent gets higher, health care covers less, and our income stays the same. It's clear that these changes haven't been for us, and we deserve a champion," she said. It's not that Crowley, 56, had ever been considered a conservative. He was potentially in line to succeed California Rep. Nancy Pelosi as the Democrats' leader next term, and in a tweet gloating about Crowley's loss, … [Read more...] about How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won: Ultra-liberal pitch drew first-time voters in changing district
What do the election results tell us about democratic maturity in Turkey? Despite the unfair nature of the campaign period, the opposition has accepted the election results and said vote irregularities are not at the point of changing the outcome. This is the most important sign of a functioning democracy. Vote irregularities happen in all elections in any democracy and as was underlined in the past by the “vote and beyond,” a civilian organization monitoring elections, some degree of irregularity is natural in a country where more than 51 million votes were cast in more than 180 thousand ballot boxes. Still, the opposition should not underestimate these irregularities, which attest to fraud efforts. When it comes to 87 percent voter turnout, this has been shown both by the ruling party and the opposition as a sign of democracy in Turkey. Yet, ever since the 80s, Turkey has always had high turnout during elections. In fact, participation in the elections has rarely been … [Read more...] about Is high voter turnout a sign of democracy?