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The electorate are formed by all inhabitants of a country or area which are entitled to vote in a election. The law sais who can and can't vote. People who can't vote in a election are mostly people beneath the minimum age for voting or who haven't the nationality of that country.

After elections were introduced, only rich men could vote. Later on, every man and woman could vote. In most countries the minimum age for voting is 18 years, while in Greece this is 17 years and in Sweden 16 years. The electorate vote on the politicians or political parties which represent them in the parliament or other legislative body.