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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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This meant that a significant part of the diaspora community (in both elections) was not provided for, but it was determined that to enfranchise some was better than none at all.
The decision of 17 members to enfranchise was accepted by the government," Anderson said, "but the petition of 383 members to [then-Indian Affairs minister] Tom Siddon in 1992 was ignored.
Mr Blunkett said: "We're tackling the criminals in the community and they're about to enfranchise the criminals in the prisons by giving them the vote.
There is now a popular move within the Labour Party to enfranchise 16-year-olds, presumably on the assumption that young rebels will endorse grinning Blairite Socialism, in a political statement against the supposed Establishment, including home, school, church and police.
The United Neighborhood Organization has worked since 1980 to stabilize, enfranchise and revitalize Chicago's Latino families.
A chance to see what the other political parties could do, a unique opportunity to break the mould and enfranchise the majority of Welsh voters who did not support Labour.
He said business had to be unfettered to create wealth and enfranchise employers as agents of social change - the people who would set up worthwhile jobs for returning mothers and criminals wanting to go straight.
If the new Tote is to be a serious player and maximise its potential, the new management will need to lower deductions, not only to compete with bookmakers and exchanges, but to seek to enfranchise punters from around the world.
Obviously, we are looking to enfranchise voters who would be better served by candidates who support a living wage, a worker's right to join a union and other working family issues," he said.
The solutions enfranchise new audiences to the benefits of converged real-time collaboration made possible with The Polycom Office, while also delivering greater flexibility and manageability of conferencing systems to the organization.
For the board to give itself the power to enfranchise its chief executive, but to choose not to do so in Ricketts' case would be a shamefully shabby way to treat him.