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disenfranchise - vocabulary

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disenfranchise - verb

To deprive of any right privilege or power; to deprive of voting rights.

From the early indications, Americans are feeling enthusiastic about their constitutionally guaranteed right to vote. The Supreme Court should encourage, not frustrate, that enthusiasm when it hears a challenge today to a harsh voter identification law adopted by Indiana. The law aims to be an anti-fraud measure, but its main impact will be to disenfranchise large numbers of registered voters. The court should not let it stand.

—Editorial New York Times, January 9, 2008

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