Direct Democracy

Ran Trakhtengerts and Amanda Underwood 2nd Period

Critical Attributes

  • People propose laws and policy changes (referendums and initiatives)
  • Votes and proposals are taken and made by directly counting the citizens’ choices

Analogy

Small classroom votes in school


Teacher: “Hmmm… Should we have the test for Unit 5 on this Friday or Monday?”

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One Student: “Let’s vote on it!”

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Teacher: “Okay, raise your hand if you would like to have the test on Friday.”

(students raise their hands) (teacher silently counts to herself)

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Teacher: “Now raise your hand if you want to have the test on Monday.”

(students raise their hands) (teacher silently counts to herself)

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Teacher: “Okay, there are 31 people in the class, and there were 8 votes for Friday and 23 votes for Monday. So, the test will be on Monday.”

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