The concept of universal suffrage, also known as general suffrage or common suffrage, consists of the right to vote of all adults, subject only to minor exceptions. Many countries make an exception for small numbers of adults that are considered mentally incapable of voting. Other countries also exclude people convicted of serious crimes or people in jail, but this is considered a violation of a basic human right in an increasing number of countries. In any case, where universal suffrage exists, the right to vote is not restricted by race, sex, belief, wealth, or social status.
- extracted from Universal suffrage, Wikipedia as on 22nd December 2017