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CHAPTER YVI.

THE ELECTORAL FRANCHISE.

MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS.

Down to 1884, the right to vote at municipal elections and upon by-laws for the creation of debts was confined to male owners, tenants and income voters and "farmers' sons," that is, the sons of a farmer owning twenty acres of land or more, rated at an amount sufficient to give the necessary property qualification to each.

In 1884, the right to vote was extended to widows and unmarried women who were owners of real property rated on the assessment roll to the specified amount. This change in the law had its origin in the idea that property should be represented, and it can hardly be regarded as a real concession to the principle that women were entitled to equal treatment with men in the matter of the electoral franchise.

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