Lottery Used to Select National Board of Directors


Lottery Used to Select National Board of Directors

The advocacy group "Democracy Without Elections" has decided to practice what it preaches and select its entire Board of Directors by lottery. Using a lottery, Democracy Without Elections ( is able to form a diverse board and include input from less active members. The new Board, with Directors from across the country, will meet online next month.

Democracy Without Elections is a grassroots member-driven organization that promotes better decision-making across all levels of government and in organizations ranging from Boards of Directors to student government. The use of democratic lotteries to select the decision-makers coupled with deliberation as the process to make the decisions are the hallmark of the group.

The organization specifically advocates for democratic lotteries to be used to select members in legislative bodies like Congress. The group also supports making fundamental changes in the way those bodies operate: replacing lobbyists, coalitions and partisan politics with deliberation.

Democracy Without Elections is a proponent of citizens’ assemblies as well. Citizens’ assemblies are lottery-selected deliberative groups which make recommendations to legislative bodies. Each citizens’ assembly is tasked with one challenging issue like abortion, policing, or a specific ballot initiative.

The organization is part of an alliance of nine groups in other countries and is associated with the Sortition Foundation. The Sortition Foundation has operated citizens’ assemblies in Europe on climate change, digital ethics, air quality, health care, and public transport.

Democracy Without Elections has members from Alaska to Florida and from New England to California. We welcome new members who can join us at We hold monthly online meetings that include relevant guest speakers and reports from Interest Groups.

Contact Information

Democracy Without Elections

Owen Shaffer, Convener

Release Date

12 November 2020