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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.
See also: elect, get

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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To contain costs, the plan document typically sets a cap on the total benefits any one employee may elect for a plan year.
At the same time, the employer would be allowing employees to use pretax earnings to cover the cost of benefits beyond those they may elect in the non-125 flexible benefit plan.
A TAXPAYER MUST DECIDE if he or she wishes to elect a fixed-number-ofyears for IRA distributions or to elect the life-expectancy recalculation method.
If the taxpayer elects the fixed-numberof-years method and his or her estate is the named beneficiary, at the taxpayer's death the estate can assign the remaining installments to the estate's beneficiaries to avoid prolonged estate administration.
This simplifies identifying these gifts should the reporting spouse want to elect out of the GST deemed-allocation rules (if applicable).
However, if the spouse did not elect to be relieved of liability during his lifetime, the spouse's estate cannot make an election under Sec.
In addition, if the spouse who files as married filing separately elects to itemize deductions, may the spouse who files as head of household claim the standard deduction for head of household status?
If the taxpayer does not elect to amortize the market discount on an annual basis, the discount that would have been amortized under the straight-line method from the bond purchase date until the earlier of its disposition or maturity date is ordinary income when the bond is disposed of by the taxpayer.
Under the Emergency Farm Financial Relief Act of 1998, taxpayers enrolled in production flexibility contracts have the option to elect to receive all of their fiscal-year 1999 payments as early as October 1998.
The procedures outlined in Notice 97-4 to elect QSSS status also apply to a new company to be designated a QSSS.
1994), rev'g 98 TC 678 (1992), with facts similar to Clayton, the co-executors (one of whom was the spouse) had discretion to determine the amount to elect, with the balance going into nonqualifying trusts.
Finally, the plan can allow the participant to elect one of the four choices.
A taxpayer who does not affirmatively elect the ratable accrual method described in Sec.