Венецианская комиссия о выборах и избирательных технологиях
The publication is the latest in a series of papers devoted to the analytical work of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission). The first section is devoted to the general methodological approaches of the Venice Commission in the field of electoral law and examines the fundamental principles of the electoral process in a democratic state. The main focus is on the most pressing issues (including in the light of modern challenges): participation in elections of national minorities, ensuring gender equality, and effective use of information technologies in the electoral process. The second section reveals the problems of referendums and highlights the legal positions of the Venice Commission regarding all stages of its holding. The third section is devoted to the issues of countering the abuse of administrative resources in electoral processes – a problem that is relevant both for "new democracies" and for states with a well-established political system. Attention is focused on the most practical recommendations of the Commission, which have already been successfully tested in the electoral systems of specific states. Finally, the fourth section contains analytical articles that reveal the general meaning and potential of the positions of the Venice Commission on electoral law in international legal, constitutional, comparative and other aspects.