In the book I'm writing, the main setting is a Republic that spans across a territory around the size of Europe. I wanted to make it that citizens all around are able to vote, and senators are able to remain in contact with their provinces. The problem is that there's no telephones or any technology of the sort. It seems as though elections would take a long time without this feature, and I can't figure out how to get around it. I was considering some kind of magic communication system, but I'm not sure how it would work or fit into the story. If anyone has any other ideas as to how an expansive, ancient democracy could work, I'd like to hear it.