Cristi Chiscop Posted about 3 years ago Do voters represent themselves? hello, guys and gals, I would like to bring to your attention the voting experience of formerly communist East-European countries. In Romania, for instance, voter turnout during the communist time was around 98%, but the system was nonetheless a dictatorship; all the ballots were actually a hoax, since voting in itself was a mere formality with zero meaning (except perhaps propaganda reasons). Hence none of the voters could represent themselves properly. So my point is that voting alone doesnt represent much in a political regime if it's not accommpanied with other rights, which allow power sharing and a wide participation in decision making. Voting alone cannot guarantee a decent amount of political representation for the citizenship. On top of that, in conditions of pauperity of the electorate votes can be bought/sold, votes can be manipulated and twisted, as the conditions for an informed electoral decision are hardly met.