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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, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: elect, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The Chairs of the six standing committees shall be elected for three years, but may be re-elected for one additional term to the same chair.
There is a strong faction of doctrinal conservatives in the College of Cardinals worried that Catholicism is being corrupted by secularism and relativism, and this faction will seek to elect a pope who is even stronger on doctrine than John Paul II.
To contain costs, the plan document typically sets a cap on the total benefits any one employee may elect for a plan year.
Section 985(b)(3) of the Code provides in part "To the extent provided in regulations, the taxpayer may elect to use the dollar as the functional currency for any qualified business unit .
4 elected members have been replaced by 4 non- elected representatives.
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In his remarks, Mr Kunle Akande, a former Editor with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who was elected to represent Olorunda State Constituency, appreciated God and his constituents.
Independent candidate Riki Haider Asha and Sara Binte Jahan of Bangladesh Chhatra League were elected vice-president and general secretary respectively of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall union polls under Ducsu.
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Attock -- Israr Ahmed was elected as President District Bar Attock in their annual elections while Rana Istifad Ali Khan was elected as General Secretary for the third consecutive term.
ATTOCK -- Malik Israr Ahmad was elected president of the Attock Bar Association for the third time with 226 votes, defeating Fayaz Iqbal Advocate who bagged 141 votes.
Suman Pokhrel of the IME Limited has been elected as the new chairman of the Nepal Remittance Association