From a Google search of the word:
dis·en·fran·chise verb /ˌdisenˈfranCHīz/ disenfranchised, past participle; disenfranchised, past tense; disenfranchises, 3rd person singular present; disenfranchising, present participle *Deprive (someone) of the right to vote - the law disenfranchised some 3,000 voters on the basis of a residence qualification
*Deprived of power; marginalized - a hard core of kids who are disenfranchised and don't feel connected to the school *Deprive (someone) of a right or privilege - a measure which would disenfranchise people from access to legal advice
*Deprive (someone) of the rights and privileges of a free inhabitant of a borough, city, or country
Now that PA is rolling out the 'soft' voter ID law, there should be more traffic to the polls this election season. However, there's another disenfranchisement going on that my community doesn't always talk about.
The right to vote HOW and for WHOM we want.
Actress Stacey Dash made headline recently with a tweet endorsing Mitt Romney:
Now she has been called everything from a jigaboo to a traitor. While I don't agree with her tweet, I sympathize with her because I too have had to feel the backlash because of my registration. Working the polls two year ago, I was told that I was a disgrace to my race because I thought the Republican candidate was better than the Democratic candidate for State Representative.
The candidate I currently campaign for is also a Republican. Again, I base my opinion on what's best for the community, not how he's registered.
According to the Philadelphia Tribune, some people will cast their vote for President Obama simply because he's an African American. I'm partly glad that people are actually VOTING, but I think we should be more responsible with the power of our voice. By castigating Stacey Dash for her choice of Romney over Obama, we are doing our own disenfranchisement.
Voting is a personal act, a responsibility and right to citizens over the age of 18 in the United States. If a person decides that for the better of their quality of life to vote for the Republican candidate, name calling does nothing but further divide us. We can't cry crabs in a barrel mentality if we allow ourselves to gang up on someone with a differing opinion.
It is NOT a crime to split your vote on election day. It is not a crime to vote for the opposite party of how one is registered.
Anyone telling you other wise is wrong.