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As for mass elections, it may also be noted that, in large states in particular, the electorate inevitably becomes indifferent in view of the fact that a single vote has little effect when numbers are so large; and however highly they are urged to value the right to vote, those who enjoy this right will simply fail to make use of it.  As a result, an institution of this kind achieves the opposite of its intended purpose, and the election comes under the control of a few people, of  a faction, and hence of that particular and contingent interest that it was specifically designed to neutralize.

Hegel, Elements of the Philosophy of Right, #311

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