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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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Any person may have only one primary residence for purposes of candidate eligibility and voter eligibility.
HAVA gives states discretion to implement provisional voting based on state voter eligibility requirements.
Finally, voter eligibility, not administrative convenience, should be the test for issuing and counting ballots.
Friday to iron out problems experienced by would-be voters, such as verifying signatures that appear not to match and determining voter eligibility of people who did not receive ballots because of changes of address.
With the help of Wall Street Communications, NAB's public relations agency, the program was conceived, developed, and implemented in four months, during which NAB considered many issues, including award categories; voter eligibility (board versus general election); and on-site implementation (ballot distribution and collection as well as electronic or manual voting and tabulation).
Alarcon has held a slim lead over Katz since the morning after Election Day, as county workers processed thousands of late absentee ballots, provisional ballots - those with questions about voter eligibility - and other ballots requiring special handling.