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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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54) In a state like Washington, where recent elections have produced exceptionally close results, (55) any measure to simplify voter eligibility and reduce costs should be welcomed.
The methods used in seven selected states to verify voter eligibility and ensure accuracy of voter registration lists were varied and include relying on registrant self attestation, return mailings, and checking against lists of felony convictions or deceased individuals.
For additional information about voter eligibility contact your local state board of elections.
With this technology, we anticipate an improved voter eligibility process, a reduction in voter check-in times and faster processing of records after the election.
With Prime Minister Meles Zenawi dead and unable to verify the Ngok claim GoS promised to nominate a Ngok to the position of speaker in Abyei Legislative Council, and the Mbeki proposal having depoliticised the issue by giving a final judgement on the issue of voter eligibility in an upcoming referendum, the South Sudanese agreed to allow a Misseriya to take the role, in the interests of pragmatism and demonstrating to Misseriya that their rights will be respected should the referendum proceed with the expected result.
The most significant reforms proposed by the NLRB include allowing the use of electronic filing for election-related documents, standardizing election timeframes, consolidating the appeals process and deferring litigation over voter eligibility issues until after the election - exactly the same as elections for political office.
In addition to providing "just in time" help information to election workers, the device contains all of the state's election logic related to voter eligibility.
The referendum is close to two years past due as it was supposed to be held on January 2011 along with South Sudan referendum but disputes on voter eligibility delayed it.
Meanwhile, Tuesday's announcement by the NLRB that it would attempt to restructure virtually the entire manner in which representation cases are handled - from substantially reducing the amount of time employees and employers may communicate prior to the election, to limiting the opportunity for full evidential hearings on key issues such as voter eligibility, appropriateness of the unit, and election misconduct.
Kids, Youth and Democracy: Obtain information about voter eligibility, youth voter resources, organizations, and more.
Whereas Juba accepted the proposal, Khartoum argued that the criteria of voter eligibility would exclude Al-Misseriya who only reside in the region few months a year to graze their cattle.
To view voter Eligibility Requirements, US Information Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions, visit: http://www.