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"[political parties] are likely to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government."

GEORGE WASHINGTON, 1796

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For a deeper look at what democracy looks like without elections, visit our resources page.

Citizens' Panels and Assemblies chosen by lot have been empowering ordinary people to shape policies in many countries. Click for more information.

In 2018, the voters of Michigan amended their state constitution to end gerrymandering by creating an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission whose members are randomly selected. Here's how they did it:

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12 ways randomly selecting public officials by lot would improve on elections.
  1. Selection by lot would eliminate media and confirmation bias, and disinformation campaigns that often cause people to vote according to their prejudices.
  2. Selection by lot would eliminate the influence of moneyed interests on selection of lawmakers and legislative outcomes. 
  3. Selection by lot would eliminate voter suppression, voter intimidation, and political gerrymandering. 
  4. Selection by lot would eliminate voter fraud and stolen elections. 
  5. Selection by lot would eliminate endless, exhaustive, expensive political campaigning. 
  6. Selection by lot would instantly guarantee proportional representation.
  7. Selection by lot would eliminate professional politicians. 
  8. Selection by lot would end political parties, political partisanship, and partisan gridlock. 
  9. Skills that get people elected are not the skills of effective governing. No one can predict in advance who will make a good legislator.
  10. A wider group of people would serve if chosen by lot than if they had to run for office. 
  11. Policy making bodies chosen by lot would be free to listen to experts and deliberate policies based on evidence, with no time spent on fundraising. 
  12. Selection by lot would increase citizen engagement and trust in government, as it already is doing in citizen juries and citizen assemblies all over the world. 
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