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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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If a minority shareholder owns 20 percent of the stock of a corporation that is a member of a consolidated group, the IRS could conceivably argue on the basis of Alumax that these "extra" voting rights afforded to the minority shareholder reduce the voting power of the majority shareholder below the required 80-percent level.
I took a course on political and civil rights, but I don't think we covered the Voting Rights Act, and we certainly didn't cover it in any of my other courses.
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Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which made such procedures unconstitutional.
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of voting rights (xix): Nominal: Delta: Total (A + B+C): Number of voting rights: 3,142,218 % of voting rights: 8.
b) proposal to include a sole paragraph in the Article 5(0) of the Company's By-laws, which provides the possibility to issue common shares intended for adapting the proportion between common shares and preferred shares with no voting right to what is provided by article 15, paragraph 2(0), of the Law 6.
to eliminate the special voting rights and that no actions to
The newly created Class A Common Stock is identical in all respects to the pre-existing Common Stock, with the exception of the elimination of 10-for-1 voting rights for long term holders.
Resulting situation after the triggering transaction: Number of shares: Direct: 7,976,288 Number of voting rights: Direct (xi): Indirect (xii): 7,976,288 % of voting rights (x): Direct: Indirect: 22.