Disfranchisement Law and Legal Definition

Disfranchisement means to deprive of a privilege, immunity, or right of citizenship. The term is commonly used, when there is prohibition of the right to vote. It is the taking away of the right of voting in public elections from any citizen. Disfranchisement occurs explicitly through law, or implicitly by intimidation. It can occur indirectly when certain groups are not properly registered to vote.