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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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She was released on July 19, 1909, and on her arrival back at Newcastle Central Station, she was greeted with five carriages decked in suffragette colours.
She said: "I specialise in suffragette memorabilia but could not possibly bring myself to sell something as 'suffragette' if I was not certain that it had an authentic provenance.
Objects like this show how advanced the Suffragette movement was in terms of making merchandise to back their cause.
The Suffragette Puzzle to Get Bill Through Parliament" was a more complex game.
All successful nominees will be contacted to give consent prior to being placed on the Suffragette Spirit Map of Britain.
We want to highlight the work of the Greater Manchester women who epitomise the spirit of the Suffragettes by giving a voice to the most vulnerable.
Lord Willy and Caroline Bach - who is wearing an original sash (a family heirloom) with the museum mannequin at the exhibition which celebrates the events and people associated with the Suffragette movement in Loughborough.
An actor playing suffragette Alice Hawkins stands on a box for a speech before a statue of Hawkins is unveiled in Market Square, Leicester
A key unit of the national Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) - the militant suffragette group led by Emmeline Pankhurst - was based in Ethel Street.