Pyramid democracy is a uniquely Torean form of government losely related to census_suffrage . In principle, it is a system of universal suffrage in which every man, woman and child is allowed to cast one vote for the law-giving assembly. In practice, affluent (usually male) individuals forming just 10% of the population control anywhere between 70% and 95% of the votes. This is a result of vote accumulation. Children usually vote in line with their parents and, more importantly, although it is not legally possible to directly sell your right to vote in a pyramid democracy, it is perfectly possible to enter an employment contract so strict, that it becomes the employer's prerogative to dictate the smallest detail of anything you do an a given day - including election day.
A person's political influence is therefore directly proportional to the number of indentured servants he has under contract. Owners of low-skill, labor-intensive industries like agriculture, manifacturing and hospitality are hugely over-represented in the law-giving bodies of pyramid democracies while the 'man on the street' only commands his own vote and that of his one or two personal servants.
A Freewomb who is not bound by contract can freely cast her own vote and may even command indentured votes of her own - but the number of women not under contract is comparatively small in most ringdoms.