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* Electoral Registers 
The right to vote in local and national elections varied between countries and over time, being based on local legislation and on such criteria as age, sex, earnings, freedom, and property values. Universal suffrage (the right for all adults to vote) is a 20th century phenomena and for most Anglo-Caribbean countries this was not to occur until the mid-20th century. For example, universal suffrage was granted to all adult Barbadians in 1951.

Electoral registers are usually arranged by constituency or ward and then by address, rather than by surname.

Voters lists may be found in local archives or libraries, but examples can be found in the records of the Colonial Office especially in government gazettes.

Creators: Guy Grannum