Imagine a world in which SA goes to the polls only once every few years: one queue, but multiple votes. Imagine being spoilt for choice not just in terms of which political parties to vote for, but which of a number of candidates, too, with independents on the ballot as well. Picture making your mark for democracy on at least four ballot sheets on that day: for national, provincial and local government representatives and a local ward councillor.

With so much choice, it would be a potentially exhausting exercise of democracy...

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