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The right to vote at public elections.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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A clear statement appeared on the logon page of the Party's and's Internet voting Web sites to confirm voter eligibility and highlight the penalty for falsifying information.
'The EC demonstrated incompetence by not processing applicants and notifying citizens of their voting status in a timely manner, allowing discrepancies on the electoral roll, erring with regards to voter eligibility and not providing an appeals process.
The parties still diverge on the voter eligibility for the referendum on self-determination for Abyei residents.
It is difficult to be comfortable with nuanced postelection assessments of voter eligibility or intent, even if they are executed with absolute neutrality, when the party on the losing end will likely view them as fraught with political favoritism.
The rule also would: limit pre-election processes by deferring litigation of most voter eligibility issues until after the election; make post-election reviews discretionary; and would require pre-election hearings to begin seven days after a petition is filed.
(2) This locally idiosyncratic system of voter eligibility was the result of painstaking efforts in state-by-state campaigns for women's voting rights.
Moreover, at least 785 provisional ballots--ballots used by voters whose identification or eligibility to vote is in question--were tabulated improperly, sans verification of voter eligibility. Around the state, an additional 1,033 provisional ballots were identified as improperly tabulated.