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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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Under the final regulations, in addition to all other grantor trusts, the trustee of an electing trust or a QRT for which a Sec.
If there is no executor, the trustee of the electing trust or QRT for which a Sec.
Both the proposed regulations and the final regulations treat the electing trust and related estate as separate shares under Sec.
The final regulations also provide rules for adjusting the DNI of the separate shares with respect to distributions made from one share to another share of the combined electing trust and related estate to which secs.
661(c), had the distribution been made to a beneficiary other than another share of the combined related estate and electing trust [Treas.
Because the electing trust's income is taxable to the estate, that income can be reported on a fiscal year basis along with the estate's own income, rather than on a calendar year basis.
For the first two taxable years following the decedent's death, no estimated tax payments are required for electing trust income [See Section 6654(1)].
4690), which permits individuals (and estates for up to two years) who actively participate in a rental real property activity to deduct losses from such activity to shelter non-passive income (up to $25,000 annually), is likewise available to an electing trust for two years.
The electing trust would be able to hold S Corp stock without being required to meet special rules qualifying the trust as a Qualified Subchapter S Trust [Sec.
Reporting split gifts by type of transfer, segregating direct- and indirect-skip transfers and providing a simple mechanism for electing out of the deemed allocation of GST exemption highlight GSTs that may warrant an exemption allocation and greatly simplify the task of tracking a donor's use of the GST exemption.
Some commentators have suggested that S status will not be the future entity of choice because of the increased popularity of limited liability companies (LLCs), yet literally hundreds of ruling requests have involved new businesses making mistakes in electing S status.
Because the acquiring company and the target shareholders were electing under Sec.
1361(b)(2) did not specify the filing requirements for electing QSSS status.
They planned on merging into one corporation and electing S status.
1361(b)(2) did not specify the filing requirements for electing QSSS status; thus, Notice 97-4 was issued to offer guidance.