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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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Holder, the high court in 2013 gutted the portion of the Voting Rights Act that prevented dozens of jurisdictions with a history of discrimination against voters of color - including Texas and its municipalities - from changing their election laws without federal approval.
The information mentioned hereafter was identical in all these notifications: Reason for the notification: Acquisition or disposal of voting securities or voting rights.
Only two years earlier, the Supreme Court, in a case from neighboring Shelby County, had largely undone the centerpiece of the Voting Rights Act.
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The last chapter of Bending Toward Justice illustrates how much the Voting Rights Act of 1965 has changed American politics and government.
Greek Cypriots have voting rights in the UK only because Cyprus was part of the colonial empire, which is now the Commonwealth, but Cypriots do not have the same voting rights in Holland or Germany or Belgium etc.
When the Voting Rights Act was signed in 1965, it was a bipartisan effort.
Currently, the voting right of a single individual or entity is limited to 10 per cent, irrespective of their shareholding.
In Bullock County, Alabama, about fifty miles southeast of Montgomery, I sweated out the long, hot June and July before President Lyndon Baines Johnson finally signed the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965.
Yet previous unanimity among voting rights scholars (11) has given way to heated disagreement over whether Section 5 should be reauthorized.
An "eligible corporation" is one where "the taxpayer holds not less than 90% of the issued and outstanding share capital having full voting rights under all circumstances and having a fair market value of not less than 90% of fair market value of the issued and outstanding shares" of the corporation.