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elective franchise


from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the privilege or right of voting in an election of public officers.


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  • Constitution closed the membership of both houses against clergymen, but the test of Protestantism, in respect to office-holding, required by the first Constitution, was dispensed with; and the elective franchise was extended to all male tax-paying free-men.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • The elective franchise contains the following conditions, viz: a voter must be twenty-one years old, he must be able to read or to understand the state Constitution when read to him (that is, a layman's and not an academician's understanding of the Constitution); he must have resided in the state two years and in the precinct one year, and have paid all taxes, including an annual poll tax of $2 for two years preceding the election.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman


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