Thinking it might possibly be in the enjoyment of the elective franchise
, he gave it a cordial and earnest grasp.
At last it seemed settled that the rightful distinction was that the proprietors should have more elective franchise
than non-proprietors, on the Spartan principle of "calling that which is just, equal; not that which is equal, just.
Freedom of the voters to exercise the elective franchise at a general election implies the right to freely choose from all qualified candidates for public office.
But on the other hand, the high court has implicitly ruled that the right to seek an elected office can be divorced from the broader concept of elective franchise.
If the action is nonviolent it's not really resistance; remember, "ballot" is a kind of shorthand not just for the elective franchise
but for all the tools of democratic citizenship: free speech, the rights of assembly and petition, and access to the courts (including the powerful tactic, used to the full by the NAACP, of testing the constitutionality of local and state laws).
According to the Birmingham Daily Post, "he drew up with his own hand the famous declaration against class legislation, and in favour of the people being endowed with that fair, full and free exercise of the elective franchise
to which he considered them entitled by the great principle of Christian equity and also by the British constitution".
Imagine how the racial politics of the next century might have been transformed if the Committee on Reconstruction had endorsed Boutwell's draft of the Fourteenth Amendment ("Congress shall have the power to abolish any distinction in the exercise of the elective franchise
in any State, which by law, regulation or usage may exist therein"), or Howard's draft ("Congress shall have power to make all laws necessary and proper to secure to all citizens of the United States in each State the same political and elective rights and privileges.
He has never permitted her to exercise her inalienable right to the elective franchise.
Having deprived her of this first right of a citizen, the elective franchise, thereby leaving her without representation in the halls of legislation, he has oppressed her on all sides.