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Democracy is where everyone votes to make societal choices, either directly or through representatives. See the Wikipedia article on democracy.

If elected people are empowered for giving legislation in a community's parliament, or for ruling of a community, they are elected for a fixed period after which obligatory new elections give the chance to replace the old personnel. Judges may be elected for lifetime. In the worst case the term of elected people in political charge can be evolved into a dictatorship for a limited period. But if the following new elections topple the one-term-dictator by the people's votes the democracy may be still alive. A democracy tends to base all decisions on the votes of majorities in people's ballots and parliamentary ballots. Thus it's useful to have a constitution which guarantees the rights of minorities as universal human rights, equal-for-all citizen rights and, if necessary, special minority safeguard clauses. Usually democratic votes are given secretly.

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