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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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42) The lump sum payment that accompanied enfranchisement provided a real, though one-time, compensation for this loss.
This ground-breaking enfranchisement of young people will ensure their voices are heard now and for generations to come.
Seek proper professional advice from a solicitor or surveyor that belongs to the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP).
3) The similarity between the older enfranchisement plan and the contemporary scheme to divide reserves into fee simple parcels, suggested to me that the colonial era was not actually over in Canada.
Islamabad -- National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) is enabling and facilitating citizens' enfranchisement through various measures and initiatives undertaken by the authority.
Given Follett's Welsh background, and his politics, the rise of the Labour Party and the enfranchisement of the working class are a recurring theme in the first two parts of the trilogy, the mining village of Aberowen losing its yolk of the Fitzherberts' patronage and Liberal MPs who represented the middle class.
However, the court suggested that the British government could have the right to extend voting rights only to certain prisoners, that is, by withholding enfranchisement to the worst criminals, including murderers and rapists.
com will therefore spearhead a new-era in enhanced scrutiny, accountability and enfranchisement to the electorate with a simple click (to rate), and comment (for MP feedback).
Not only is that not currently the case, but the boost Hamas has received from the Arab revolutionary wave, with its across-the-board enfranchisement of political Islam, enhances its policy of rejecting peace in the public's eye.
For instance, it is generally recommended that any group considering enfranchisement should still appoint professional managing agents to handle all the day-to-day running of the property and to ensure that everything fully complies with legal requirements.
Economic power will redistribute to newer, high-growth economies, digital enfranchisement will sweep the planet and the resource implications of global economic growth will becoming even more pressing.