The Archbishopric Of Mainz, one of the seven electorates of the Holy Roman Empire, became a powerful state during the middle ages and retained some of its importance until the dissolution of the empire in 1806.
Bournonville, the imperial commander who now replaced Montecucculi, lay in the Cologne and Trier electorates.
The principle adopted in distributing the representation is that of equal electoral districts, modified in practice by a preference given to the distant and rural constituencies at the cost of the metropolitan electorates.
Political leaders were therefore willing to attempt to persuade electorates of the merits of their cause.
In general, the intention is to ensure that constituency electorates are kept roughly equal.
Continental electorates have become largely impotent, unable to effect decisive change in policy or in many cases even to change the political leadership.
It has also clearly demonstrated its contempt for democracy through its willingness to ignore the democratically expressed wishes of the electorates in member states.
wishes of the electorates in member states.
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