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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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The first thing to be considered is that granting permanent foreign residents the right to vote in local elections would have a serious bearing on the fundamentals of the state.
Protection of the right to vote is left to the states, with the exception of constitutional amendments that prevent disfranchisement of specific classes of people (African Americans, women, and young adults) and the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which extends statutory protection to racial minorities.
The 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified in 1920 and gave women the right to vote nationwide for the first time, although a few states had already allowed it.
At last, in 1919, at President Wilson's urging, Congress passes a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote.
Section 3 of the Charter provides that every Canadian citizen enjoys the right to vote in an election for a member of the House of Commons or a member of the provincial legislative assembly.
Such a stance was well articulated by Senator Henry Wilson, a Massachusetts Republican who played a vital role in drafting the 15th Amendment to the Constitution, which was adopted in 1870 and decreed that the right to vote could not be denied on the basis of race, color, or "previous condition of servitude.
All I want is the right to vote like everyone else.
There are mounting calls to give them the right to vote in prefectural and municipal elections.
The 15th Amendment, enacted shortly after the Civil War, guaranteed African Americans the right to vote.
For example if someone has committed a crime such as murder then I believe they've lost the right to vote as a punishment.