8/03/2019

The Venetian electoral college

"For more than five centuries (from 1268 to 1797) the procedure to elect the doge (chief of state) did not change.

1) Choose 30 members of the Great Council by lot.
2) These 30 people are reduced by lot to 9.
3) These 9 people choose 40 other people.
4) These 40 are reduced by lot to 12.
5) These 12 people choose 25 other people.
6) These 25 people are reduced by lot to 9.
7) These 9 people choose 45 other people.
8) These 45 people are reduced by lot to 11.
9) These 11 people choose 41 other people.
10) These 41 people elect the doge.

Funny that many Americans blame their electoral system for being complicated. You may think what you want about the Venetian system but it guaranteed what was probably the most stable government in the history of mankind."