The term comes from the word – (dēmokratía) "rule of the people", which was coined from δῆμος (dêmos) "people" and κράτος (Kratos) "power", in the middle of the 5th-4th century BC to denote the political systems then existing in some Greek city-states, notably Athens
following a popular uprising in 508 BC.
According to some theories of democracy, popular sovereignty
is the founding principle of such a system.
But our perfect democracy, which neither needs nor particularly wants voters, is a rarity. It is important to remember there still exist many other forms of government in the world today, and that dozens of foreign governments still long for a democracy such as ours to be imposed on them.
If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers.