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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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It was never enough to sway white men in their favor: Southern politicians managed between 1890 and 1910 to neutralize the black vote with poll taxes and educational restrictions without needing to enfranchise white women.
Both would have approved the motor voter bill passed last week, whose aim is to enfranchise and empower the poor.
'The return of the third vote for citizens to elect their local councillors would enfranchise rate payers who were rendered voiceless in the management of their communities when local elections were abolished in 1965.'
The Comelec resumed the voter registration in order to enfranchise qualified voters nationwide.
"It is the mandate of the Commission to conduct regular voter registration in order to enfranchise and list those qualified voters nationwide, with the exception of Marawi City, Lanao del Sur in light of the current situation in the area," said Jimenez.
"It is the duty of the Commission to conduct regular voter registration to enfranchise and enlist qualified voter's nationwide, with the exception of Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur in the light of current situation in the area," COMELEC Spokesperson James Jimenez said.
Another resident Sharifullah said their protest was against the deprivation of people from their right to enfranchise. Governor Syed Fazlullah Wahidi, who visited the protestors, also criticised the authorities for failing to provide enough ballot papers to polling stations.
Kaine's effort to enfranchise felons who have completed their prison sentences.
The new plan promises to enfranchise China's rural poor, a segment of the country's population that has been largely left out of the economic boom.
It then explores the following issues: (1) is mathematics culture-free and what are the implications for instruction?; (2) the institutional support necessary for high quality instruction; (3) the differential treatment of student groups; (4) pedagogical practices that enfranchise a wide range of students; (5) the roles of language and discourse in learning and classroom communities; (6) individual agency; and (7) what it means to engage meaningfully with mathematics.
King sought more than the passage of a few laws that would enfranchise voters and put an end to segregation.
A bill to enfranchise foreigners was presented to a parliamentary committee in the last extraordinary Diet session, which ended Dec.