But the rules changed and the electorate was entitled to vote by post without giving a reason.
It's also difficult for alternative candidates to persuade the electorate to vote for them.
Originally, the Duke held the electorate personally, but it was later made hereditary along with the duchy.
The referendum result in Kirklees saw only 38,232 votes cast from an electorate of nearly 300,000.
Yes, 70 percent of the electorate voted for a better life for all, including name changes.
In some parts of the county this figure was lower still, with seven out of 10 of the electorate opting not to vote.
Lam refused to estimate the number of electorate votes he could count on.
75 per cent of the electorate voted for a Scottish parliament in some form
In 1979 some 61 percent of the entire potential electorate voted for either the Labour or the Tory party.
If the majority of the electorate vote no to the proposed amendment, this situation will remain unchanged.