Wonderful encapsulation! Now when you say...
Posted by ElaineL on August 05, 1998 at 16:54:41:
In response to House of Commons elections pre-1832, written by The Mysterious H.C. on August 04, 1998 at 23:45:02
but other seats were more or less "safely" under the control of a prominent local landowner or nobleman.
Did the Lord or nobleman just declare their candidate as the new MP and that person just showed up at P. on the appointed day? Or was there an "election" of sorts, but everyone knew they had to cast both votes for that one person?
This is all so very interesting to me having only experienced a representative democracy. I continue to be amazed by the particulars of a system that evolved over time rather than one that a group of people intentionally hammered out.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge and insight on this one! EL
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