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Denmark did not pass legislation barring Muslims from voting in elections.

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A post claiming that Denmark has passed legislation barring Muslims from voting in elections is being widely shared across social media platforms. Through this article let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.

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Claim: Denmark has passed legislation barring Muslims from voting in elections.

Fact:  According to Denmark’s electoral legislation, ‘any person who has attained the age of 18, is a national of Denmark and resides in the country is eligible to vote, provided that such person shall not have been declared incapable of conducting his or her own duties’. Also, there are no news articles stating Muslims are barred from voting in Denmark. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

Google research with relevant keywords did not fetch any news articles of relevant official documents stating Muslims are barred from voting in elections. Further search led us to a legislation which elaborates about the electoral system of Denmark. According to these legislations ‘any person who has attained the age of 18, is a national of Denmark and resides in the country is eligible to vote, provided that such person shall not have been declared incapable of conducting his or her own duties’.

Laws detailing the electoral process of Denmark can be read here and here. According to these documents, it is clear that Denmark does not bar any person from voting based on their religion.

To sum it up, Denmark did not pass legislation barring Muslims from voting.

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