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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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When the parliament reconvened, both the Electoral Franchise Bill and the Machinery Bill, known as the Elections Acts Amendment Bill 1905, passed through the Legislative Assembly without a division and were conveyed to the Council.
Vis for Voter turnout The electoral franchise has been extended to 16-year-olds for the historic vote, and turnout has been expected to set new highs across the country - with estimates up to 84 percent.
Reacting to the projection of Rahul Gandhi as the future leader of the Congress Party, Hazare said: "It is a democracy and people would choose whom they want, we have nothing to do with their option of exercising electoral franchise.
Shimla, May 14 (ANI): A record of sorts was witnessed at polling booth at Mateiyan Majjhar in Shimla, when 127-year-old Bhadru exercised his electoral franchise alongside hundreds of other first time voters in the elections to the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
Actor Rahul Bose, who exercised his electoral franchise at a polling booth in the Peddar Road area of south Mumbai, said that whosoever comes to power, he/she should treat all 'Mumbaikers' (residents of Mumbai) equally.