That well known, modern liberal democracy, that bastion of human rights, Rome. Of course one could vote, if you owned land, if you were a male, if you weren't a slave. I'm sure that every Roman governor took numerous polls to find out what the people wanted, and catered to their every whim. The Legions were just for show, no really. After all, the Jews, you know, the ones that were living on the inside of Jerusalem when those 'for show' Legionieres, sacked the Temple, the ones which stood on the inside of Masada for seven years, our decisions were final. If you believe that, then I have a bridge to sell you, cheap.
4.2-scale earthquake felt in Dead Sea, Jerusalem area (Haaretz)
from the article: Jesus-era leper sheds light on Turin shroud mystery