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see ballotballot,
means of voting for candidates for office. The choice may be indicated on or by the ballot forms themselves—e.g., colored balls (hence the term ballot, which is derived from the Italian ballotta,
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; electionelection,
choosing a candidate for office in an organization by the vote of those enfranchised to cast a ballot. General History

In ancient Greek democracies (e.g., Athens) public officials were occasionally elected but more often were chosen by lot.
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; franchisefranchise,
in government, a right specifically conferred on a group or individual by a government, especially the privilege conferred by a municipality on a corporation of operating public utilities, such as electricity, telephone, and bus services.
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; votingvoting,
method of registering collective approval or disapproval of a person or a proposal. The term generally refers to the process by which citizens choose candidates for public office or decide political questions submitted to them.
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; woman suffragewoman suffrage,
the right of women to vote. Throughout the latter part of the 19th cent. the issue of women's voting rights was an important phase of feminism. In the United States

It was first seriously proposed in the United States at Seneca Falls, N.Y.
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the right to vote in elections.


1. the right to vote, esp in public elections; franchise
2. the exercise of such a right; casting a vote
3. a supporting vote
4. a prayer, esp a short intercessory prayer
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47) From an administrative standpoint, the new law reduces much of the confusion surrounding voter eligibility that has plagued recent state elections.
Friday to iron out problems experienced by would-be voters, such as verifying signatures that appear not to match and determining voter eligibility of people who did not receive ballots because of changes of address.
The meeting, held at the offices of the local builders' and contractors' trade association, yielded a plan to dispatch Republican poll watchers to challenge voter eligibility at fifty-nine predominantly black precincts.
With the help of Wall Street Communications, NAB's public relations agency, the program was conceived, developed, and implemented in four months, during which NAB considered many issues, including award categories; voter eligibility (board versus general election); and on-site implementation (ballot distribution and collection as well as electronic or manual voting and tabulation).
VRA was designed to bring coherence in voter eligibility requirements and eliminate discrimination of eligible voters.
Alarcon has held a slim lead over Katz since the morning after Election Day, as county workers processed thousands of late absentee ballots, provisional ballots - those with questions about voter eligibility - and other ballots requiring special handling.
The proposal to defer resolution of most voter eligibility issues until after the election, including all bargaining unit disputes affecting less than 20 percent of the unit, would make the current process more efficient and worker-friendly.
The parties still diverge on the voter eligibility for the referendum on self-determination for Abyei residents.
The rule also would: limit pre-election processes by deferring litigation of most voter eligibility issues until after the election; make post-election reviews discretionary; and would require pre-election hearings to begin seven days after a petition is filed.
2) This locally idiosyncratic system of voter eligibility was the result of painstaking efforts in state-by-state campaigns for women's voting rights.
Moreover, at least 785 provisional ballots--ballots used by voters whose identification or eligibility to vote is in question--were tabulated improperly, sans verification of voter eligibility.