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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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Delving into the past, she met several women who had dedicated their lives to the movement for women's enfranchisement.
We start by looking at the relationships between language and enfranchisement before moving to how we can empirically investigate these relationships through a sociolinguistic approach which focuses on linguistic landscapes.
This said, if there is any brave and interested soul out there, inside or outside Government who has the time and motivation to have a go to get the rules changed, then I still believe that enfranchisement without the requirement to seek citizenship would be sensible, and indeed in line with the President's declaration that he wants to see further democratisation and electoral progress.
Although Stowe did not live to see Canadian women's enfranchisement, she played a vital role in its achievement.
It reads: "The Commission should build in enfranchisement of young people as a key principle and a core value in a devolved administration.
Nothing has it to do with the mass of the people, without whose empowerment and real enfranchisement democracy is not even conceivable; nor could any democracy project worth the name be visualised without this uplift of the disempowered and the disenfranchised.
The author argues that the state of Cameroon has marginalized and neglected the local peoples, and attempts to provide blueprints for the development of the region and enfranchisement of its population.
Their report said: "There are no convincing penal policy arguments in favour of disenfranchisement, but a case has been made that enfranchisement might assist rehabilitation.
He knew that economic opportunity for black South Africans, not just political enfranchisement, was necessary for real, lasting progress--mirroring the raison d'etre of BE.
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.
For Saunders, the 1867 Reform Act was an "accidental revolution," a product of contingencies that resulted in a degree of enfranchisement that few had foreseen, that many in Parliament did not want, and that produced far-reaching consequences.