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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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What was welcome about this chapter, however, was Chapman's attentiveness to those voices that posed a challenge to the predominantly white, often overtly xenophobic outlook of North American suffrage movements of the early twentieth century.
The United States therefore does not take a position for or against any particular electoral formulation on how genuine universal suffrage is achieved," he said.
Naturally, the comparatively conservative Journal community did everything it could to distance itself from this outrage originating in the Free Love corners of the suffrage movement.
Politicians need to discuss the suffrage issue based on their answers to these questions.
where they should stand with regard to taxpayer suffrage.
The suffrage banner and flag are on show at the Senedd, Cardiff Bay ROB BROWNE
So when suffrage bills were debated in parliament in the 1870s and 1880s, the National Society for Women's Suffrage encouraged petitions in support.
Smith director Dr Elspeth King said: "Her talk sheds light on a largely forgotten episode in Scottish suffrage history and fills out some of the story behind what is just a name in the record.
From her London home she served with the London National Society of Women's Suffrage lecturing, writing pamphlets and rallying government support, aided by her suffragist daughters Florence and Elsie.
The formation of the National Society for Women's Suffrage in 1872 and then the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies began campaign for votes for all women and equality.
The suffrage campaign was suspended during the First World War, but Parliament discussed post-war male electoral reform and Eleanor was there, behind the scenes, fighting for voting rights for women.
In Loughborough, a strong grass-roots movement developed, with meetings supporting a woman's right to vote recorded such as the National Society for Women's Suffrage meeting, 1875, at Loughborough Town Hall.