How would a "democratic" system work where people that are entitled to vote buy votes? To prevent the duplication of this question, voters start out with 0 votes.
Here are the conditions:
- Voters start out with 0 votes each. People who don't want to or can't afford bying ballots will not vote.
- When you buy a ballot, you can choose how many votes you buy.
- The official who sells ballots will mark the ballot (for example using a stamp with special ink that is hard to fake) with the number of votes.
- The voter then will proceed to the voting cabin where he may give each candidate one or multiple votes; the sum of all votes must of course be the number of votes bought.
- To prevent electoral fraud, any ballots where the sum of the given votes is larger than the number of votes of the ballot are destroyed.
- This means that you can either choose to give all of your votes to one candidate or distribute them among multiple (or all) candidates on the ballot.
- The maximum number of votes is limited to 1 percent of the population entitled to vote to make the "tipping" of elections by the candidates themselves or by extremely wealthy people harder.
- Another measure is that you can only submit a ballot once. It is not possible to vote several times during the election.
- It is illegal to pay people to vote for you (self-explanatory).
My questions are:
What effect on society and politics would this have? I guess that the political situation would be one that favorises wealthier persons or candidates more, but it still would be hard to buy an election due to the 3 measures described above. I also think that there would be a major black market where poor people could buy cheap fake ballots, candidates could illegally pay people to vote for them and false voter identities could be set up.
What would be major differences to a normal European democracy?