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Electoral scrutiny
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The term electoral scrutiny describes the procedural review of the legality of a disputed election, especially to representative bodies or to a parliament. It first appears fully mature in the modern constitutional state, but primitive forms can be identified as early as the Estates General (Estates, assembly of) of the Ancien Régime. The early modern procedure of examining the legitimacy of estates (Estates of the realm) or their delegates entitled to participate in a proto-parliamentary assembly (e.g. the Reichstagor a regional diet - a Landtag) may be viewed as a pred…

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Marquardt, Bernd, “Electoral scrutiny”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_029948>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626

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