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(Guardian) Switzerland's supreme court has overturned a nationwide referendum for the first time in the country's modern history, on the grounds that the information given to voters was insufficient.

In a ruling that may resonate in Britain, where remain campaigners have long argued that voters in the 2016 Brexit referendum were not adequately informed, the court said incomplete detail and a lack of transparency had violated the freedom of the vote, which could now be re-run.

"Given the tight outcome of the vote and the seriousness of the irregularities, it is possible that the result of the ballot would have been different," the federal court said.



I used to be afew. I'm still not many.
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Thu Apr 11th, 2019 at 04:29:05 PM EST
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Duly noted data points in that tax story: Of particular interest to US readers, I suppose, is that implied, "married" persons must file a joint return; in the US married persons may chose joint or separate returns, and joint is usually the smaller tax bill, inter alia, inexplicably and traditionally denounced as the "marriage tax".
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Since the UK high court ruled that the 2016 referendum result was not legal binding on either parliament or gov and dismissed a suit challenging improprieties of its administration, I'm left wondering who in the UK would proceed to sue parliament for alleged malfeasance.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 11th, 2019 at 04:47:52 PM EST
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