Democracy and demon came from the same Greek root: ‘dā mo’ is the distance between different types of people, both ‘citizens’ (‘demos’) and Gods and humans (‘dai-mon’ meaning ‘divider’).
African buffalo herds display “voting behavior” to indicate their travel preferences by standing up, staring in one direction and then lying back down. Only adult females vote.
In Classical Athens, the citizens could vote each year to banish any person who was growing too powerful, as a threat to democracy. This process was called Ostracism.
The official twitter account for Sweden is run by a different citizen every week.
The CIA and MI6 helped overthrow the democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister and replaced him with an authoritarian monarch for control of oil.