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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
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
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For decades after federal enfranchisement, women remained woefully underrepresented in political life.
In some cases, their war support was strategic, a deliberate to use loyalty as a bargaining chip when pressing governments to grant political enfranchisement. Those who remained true to pacifist principles, such as Frances Beynon Thomas, were relatively few, and they did so at great cost.
Since we have enfranchisement in the constitution of our country, we have to fight with these weapons for our liberties."
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"There is a need for proper, evidence-based, analysis of the emergent politics of youth enfranchisement across the UK."
This article introduces and theorizes the concept of linguistic enfranchisement (LE) by focusing on a particular type of language use: that found on signage.
Deftly edited by Ilene Jones-Cornwell, "The Perfect 36" includes a great deal of the writings of those who were involved in this important movement along with pictures and cartoons to give a vivid sense of what it was like to win enfranchisement.
'We are not so strict in enfranchisement. You only have to go to the embassy and give a manifestation of intent, it is already enough proof of your desire to be reinstated,' Election Commissioner Arthur Lim said.
Just in time for the landmark debut of The Handmaid's Tale, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood's tale starring Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss and Orange Is the New Black's Samira Wiley, American women are edging closer to chattel status than any time since their enfranchisement, or at least, since the 1950's.
"We should always prioritize enfranchisement over administration concerns," said Caritos.
On the second topic, which is about the enfranchisement of the tens of thousands of permanent non-Cypriot residents living in Cyprus being enabled to vote for a given President's election -- and this for all sorts of very good reasons -- the approach has again been completely ignored.
To imply that Maxwell Fyfe's entirely worthy general Charter principles are somehow 'responsible' for the Strasbourg judges' decisions to prevent a British Home Secretary's expulsion of aliens deemed to be a threat to the public safety, and to order the enfranchisement of convicted prisoners is, of course, risible.