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couldn't get elected dogcatcher

So unpopular or unqualified as to be unable to be elected to even the lowliest role. A hyperbolic phrase, especially since animal control officers are appointed, not elected. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. After making off-color remarks about several demographics of voters, the would-be mayor couldn't even get elected dogcatcher.
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elect to (something)

To vote someone into a particular position or office. A noun or pronoun can be used between "elect" and "to." I had hoped to be elected to the student government, but a more popular boy beat me out.
See also: elect

elect someone (as) something

to select someone to be something by ballot. We elected her as our representative. She was elected as our president.

elect someone to something

to select someone to be a member of something by ballot; to select someone to be an officer in something by ballot. We elected you to office, so do your job. Tom was elected to the congress.
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He was elected suffragan bishop of Toronto in 1993 and was consecrated bishop in 1994, and installed as area bishop of York-Scarborough that same year.
Los Angeles does not have a policy establishing an upper limit on the price of vehicles for elected officials - and they are eligible for a new car every other year.
At the other end of the spectrum, in Letter Ruling 9750036,(58) a closely held company elected to revoke its S status by writing on the top of its final Form 1120S,"Final return as S corporation.
Also on the ballot is a proposal from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to limit all county elected officials - including sheriff and assessor - to three four-year terms.
Payment method with the recurring item exception: This method applies to taxpayers who have not elected the ratable accrual method but who have elected the recurring item exception.
One elected official, Supervisor John Flynn, signed a waiver in 1994 pledging not to accept his benefit when he leaves office.
Following the 2006 Annual Meeting, however, the Board determined that it would be in the best interests of the Corporation and its Stockholders to have all directors duly elected by Stockholders.
Sambar's comments came after Pam Ellis was elected vice president and Louise Foote was re-elected clerk.
A proposed November 2000 ballot measure would ask Los Angeles County voters to expand the Board of Supervisors to nine members and create the office of an elected county executive who would run day-to-day operations.
Pressured by the elected Charter Reform Commission's power, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to place a unified proposal before voters on June 13 even as several commissioners vowed to campaign against it.
Auditors Caj Nackstad and Jan Birgersson, as well as Deputy Auditors Thomas Thiel and Bjorn Fernstrom, have previously been elected for the period until the end of the AGM in 2007.
Some City Council members said Tuesday that they will push for changes in the joint City Charter proposal agreed to by both reform commissions, and the head of the independent elected commission left open the possibility of leaving the council size at 15 members.
Sune Carlsson was elected Chairman of the Board and Jacob Wallenberg Vice Chairman.
The Punjab CM would likely be elected as the permanent party president through the party's general council within 45 days.