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Voting rights

The right to vote on matters that are put to a vote of security holders. For example the right to vote for directors.

Voting Right

The right of some shareholders to participate in the company's decision making process, especially at the annual meeting or at other special meetings. Some decisions, such as friendly takeovers or whether to make a new issue, must be put to shareholder votes, though the list of what decisions are included varies by company. Because voting rights give these shareholders the most control over the company, other shareholders are compensated with benefits, such as guaranteed dividends. See also: Voting stock.

voting rights

The type of voting and the amount of control held by the owners of a class of stock. See also cumulative voting, majority voting, nonvoting stock, proxy, supermajority provision.
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In a scathing opinion issued this year, she ruled that the city had violated the Voting Rights Act and reinstated the city's eight single-member districts.
Voting rights triumphant, with John Lewis as the central protagonist, provide the powerful opening narrative for Ari Berman in Give Us the Ballot.
Why do you think voting rights activists chose to march as a way of getting their message across?
In the long-term, the Voting Rights Act significantly and noticeably improved voting rights and increased political power for African Americans in the South.
Following the arguments of Mr Turner should mean that only UK residents in Cyprus should have voting rights, which I understand would not be acceptable for the Cypriots and the other foreign residents.
The 1965 Voting Rights Act addressed these issues in a comprehensive way.
16) The jurisdictions that are currently covered under Section 5 would remain "covered," but in a very specific sense: a change to a voting procedure or practice would only require preclearance in a covered jurisdiction in cases where local public interest and civil rights groups deliberately invoke Section 5 in response to a perceived violation of minority voting rights.
8) To ensure that the relief is available, a prudent taxpayer would structure the voting rights agreement to permit it to cast a de minimis number or percentage of votes for the director elected by the minority interest.
Under pressure from the Right to Vote coalition, a voters' education group, Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack announced in July that the state would restore voting rights to all ex-offenders who had completed their sentences.
On August 6, tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in Atlanta to demand the renewal of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
The Unfinished Agenda of The Selma-Montgomery Voting Rights March (John Wiley & Sons, March 2005, $24.