suffrage

suffrage
suffrage n Suffrage, franchise, vote, ballot mean the right, privilege, or power of expressing one's choice or wish (as in an election or in the determination of policy).
Suffrage is the usual term when the emphasis is upon the extent to which this privilege or power is enjoyed in a state or community or upon the kinds of citizens in a representative government who legally exercise this power; the word is frequently modified by a term indicating such extent or restriction
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universal suffrage

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the long-fought battle that brought about woman suffrage

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household suffrage, or the restriction of the right to vote to male householders, existed in Great Britain from 1867 to 1918

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Franchise may be chosen when the privilege or power is thought of as conferred by the government or as a statutory or legal right
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the franchise was long withheld from British citizens who were not householders

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yet some people hesitate to give women the franchisel actually, a miserable privilege which any poor fool of a man may exercise— Jefferies

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Vote is appropriate when the stress is on the power of each of the individuals on whom the franchise has been conferred to express his choice or opinion in the approved way, thereby aiding in the task of determining the will of the people
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to have the vote and not to exercise it is to show oneself unworthy of one's citizenship

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a class that has not the vote lacks the power to assert its rights

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every American citizen has a like vote in choosing those who will make the laws

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Ballot, which specifically implies some method of secret voting, is likely to be used when the emphasis is on the power to vote freely, effectively, and without coercion, on the expressed will of the majority, or on the ethical use of the vote
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the ballot is the citizens' means of getting the kind of government they want

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among free men there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet, and . . . they who take such appeal are sure to lose their case and pay the cost— Lincoln

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