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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.
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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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Whilst the devil may be in the detail of what powers and funding an elected mayor may have, we believe this is an opportunity not to be missed.
Cabinet members would be appointed by the leader rather than elected by councillors.
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That's the way the board of trustees at Hampshire College (Mass.) sees things, as underscored by the news that it will be adding an elected, full-voting trustee from among the college's staff.
Instead, a partnership or disregarded entity that would otherwise qualify as an S corporation and that makes a timely and valid election to be treated as an S corporation on Form 2553, will be deemed to have elected to be classified as an association taxable as a corporation.
Barton was elected National 4th Junior Vice Commander at the 2001 National Convention, advancing consecutively to his current position.
is also likely to be a memorable Oglala Lakota Sioux leader: About a year and a half ago, she became the first woman to be elected president on Pine Ridge, a reservation in South Dakota that is the country's second-largest in land area.