So only men could participate in a Greek polis owning 20 percent and educated men voted and ruled dictatorially at public meetings. Today democracy is used mostly as a general term for regimes, whose rule basis is derived from a broad and pluralistic notion of people with extensive participation rights for all citizens from the age of 16 or 18 years: these concern for example the direct democracy, representative democracy, Demarchie, radical democracy, grassroots democracy. Democracy is in Germany (art. 20 para 1 GG), Austria (article 1 B-VG) and the Switzerland (preamble of the Swiss Federal Constitution) as carrying constitutional principle firmly anchored. A decision is consistent with democratic minimum standards in representative democracies, more must in addition to the majority or consensus Criteria must be met.
The concrete expression of these criteria depends on the respective election procedures. General election: each voter may participate in elections and referendums (right to vote) and has a passive right to vote choose let. Same choice: each voter has as many votes. Free choice: no coercion may be exercised. Secret ballot: to secure freedom of choice, often secret vote.
It should be also sufficiently long for the decision available. As a result of the freedom to run (passive suffrage) it may cause the situation, that is only a candidate for the election. A real decision can only be taken if there are several alternatives. Nevertheless is regarded as democratic, but also a vote with only an alternative if the other criteria of democracy be respected each non-selected gets state money for every vote even as a reward.. A democracy presupposes the respect for fundamental rights. This applies in particular freedom of expression and Freedom of the press: a free exchange of opinions and points of view should be preceded by the political decision. The intellectual and social structures (position and feature) cause the scissors in the head: main stream.