I have seen claims that the voting system used in Northern Ireland pre-1972 was discriminatory. In particular, I've seen the claim that voting was allocated per household and not per person; I have also seen the claim that landlords were granted votes per tenant.

I have not been able to find a good source for this. It seems a critical piece of background to the Troubles. Can anyone shed light on this?

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    What has your previous research shown? Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association - Wikipedia May 17, 2022 at 9:43
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    property franchise would be the initial keyword, since that was quite common at the time (not only in Northern Ireland). May 17, 2022 at 10:13
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    Could you edit the title to clarify what your question is? What do you want to know? Are you asking "What was N. Ireland Election law pre-1972?"
    – MCW
    May 17, 2022 at 11:02
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    Please let us know where you have seen these claims. Quoting the claims and providing a link would be useful for anyone trying to answer your question. May 17, 2022 at 12:00
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    There's a bit more information at cain.ulster.ac.uk/issues/politics/election/electoralsystem.htm
    – user55099
    May 17, 2022 at 13:34


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