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Electoral Roll 1900
« on: Monday 26 April 21 16:24 BST (UK) »
Not sure where to post this, but what does it mean by qualifying property and there being 2 addresses listed for the same person?

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Re: Electoral Roll 1900
« Reply #1 on: Monday 26 April 21 18:19 BST (UK) »
Not really sure myself.  Perhaps this person owned both houses and therefore qualified twice.

I did a quick check on the 1891 and 1901 census records for these addresses.  Four different names for these properties so no apparent connection.

Have you checked any other years for this person?
Ashford: Somerset, London
England: Devon, London, New Zealand
Holdway: Wiltshire
Hooper: Bristol, Somerset
Knowling: Devon, London
Southcott: Devon, China
Strong: Wiltshire
Watson: Cambridgeshire
White: Bristol
Windo - Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire

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Re: Electoral Roll 1900
« Reply #2 on: Monday 26 April 21 18:51 BST (UK) »
Hi Girl Guide, Oh sorry, it wasn't these addresses. I just used this as an example. Yes, I checked the two addresses I had and one correlated with the 1901 census and with other records, like their son's death in 1902, but nothing for the second address. I even searched the British newspaper archive and nothing for the second address there either. Very strange. It doesn't look uncommon, quite a few on that one page had two qualifying addresses, so I was just wondering what it could mean. Plus all that have two qualifying addresses have (successive) written next to their abode.

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« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 27 April 21 18:24 BST (UK) »
It doesn't look uncommon, quite a few on that one page had two qualifying addresses, so I was just wondering what it could mean. Plus all that have two qualifying addresses have (successive) written next to their abode.

A voter had to live at a qualifying address in a borough for 12 months. If a person moved from one qualifying address to another within the previous 12 months, both addresses would be shown. That's why it says "successive".
There was a property qualification until 1918. See Representation of the People Act 1884 aka Third Reform Act and Representation of the People Act 1918 aka Fourth Reform Act. 60% of adult males were able to vote after Third Reform Act. Universal manhood suffrage (one man, one vote) didn't happen in England until 1918 (and not until late 20th century in N. Ireland).. 
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« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 27 April 21 22:54 BST (UK) »
Thank you Maiden Stone, that makes so much sense now. Also, the people in question seem to move around every two years or so, so itís not surprising, makes them very hard to trace haha. Thanks for the info.

MJ