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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.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000


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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Empowering the powerless with equal opportunities and providing voice to the voiceless through electoral franchise is surely a major achievement for the Indian republic.
Once in four years, Nigerians exercise electoral franchise, choosing national leaders in pursuit of democratic norms as enshrined in the nation's constitution.
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But most importantly, we need to ensure that we exercise our electoral franchise accordingly and dutifully.
THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) provided a total of 110 magnifying glasses to enable visually impaired persons particularly albinos discharge their electoral franchise in the by-election for the Toro, Bauchi State Federal constituency, House of Representatives held Saturday.
Summary: Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], May 12 (ANI): From centenarians to first-time voters, and even brides and wheelchair-bound people, Karnataka saw voters of various hues coming out to exercise their electoral franchise in the assembly polls on Saturday.
Meanwhile, The public analyst said that while the leaders have a role to play in addressing this issue, the populace has a more important function to perform, and this lies in the electoral franchise of every citizen.