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The right to vote at public elections.


noun affranchisement, autonomy, choice, emancipation, enfranchisement, exemption from connrol, exemption from restraint, franchise, freedom, freeeom of choice, liberation, liberty, license, manumission, option, popular decision, prerogative, right to vote, say, self-determination, self-government, suffragium, voice, vote
Associated concepts: election law, voters' rights
See also: discretion, franchise

SUFFRAGE, government. Vote; the act of voting.
     2. The right of suffrage is given by the constitution of the United States, art. 1, s. 2, to the electors in each state, as shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the state legislature. Vide 2 Story on the Const. Sec. 578, et seq.; Amer. Citiz. 201; 1 Bl. Com. 171; 2 Wils. Lect. 130; Montesq. Esp. des Lois, Ii v. 11, c. 6; 1 Tucker's Bl. Com. App. 52, 3. See Division of opinion.

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Focusing on the states of Montana, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming, this book examines how Indians have fought for equal voting rights, and how non-Indian officials have tried to block the exercise of those rights.
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Slated to expire in August 2007, the Act, which outlaws discrimination that denies millions of Americans equal voting rights, was re-established on July 20 by a 98-0 vote in the Senate.
Together, LCCR and the League have fought to secure equal voting rights as the very foundation of that democracy, recognizing that the franchise is central to our individual and collective ability to impact public policy and achieve real differences in our communities.
Stanton had drafted a "Womanifesto" patterned on the Declaration of Independence, but the one resolution that shocked even some of her supporters was a demand for equal voting rights, also known as universal suffrage.
Although it has been more than 76 years since British women won equal voting rights it seems the issue of gender equality within the workplace still has a long way to go.
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ARTIST Emma-Rose Dodge is using her work to celebrate 75 years of equal voting rights for women.
Women have certainly come a long way in the 75 years since winning equal voting rights.
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From the late 1800s until 1962, Georgia legislators and executive officials were elected under a system that gave each of the state's counties roughly equal voting power, with little regard to population size.