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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.
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However, each eligible employee may also irrevocably elect to have the employer pay for this coverage on an after-tax basis (i.e., elect to be taxed currently on these employer-paid premiums).
Of course, key employees would not elect this coverage because it would duplicate benefits already provided at the employer's expense outside the cafeteria plan.
1361 does not allow certain types of corporations to elect S status, including certain financial institutions, insurance companies, foreign corporations and corporations electing Sec.
If the IRA owner is permitted to elect either the term-certain or life-expectancy recalculation methods and fails to do so, the recalculation method is the default option unless the IRA agreement provides otherwise.
Thus, the regulations do not require a current-year transfer to the trust for which the termination statement is being filed, nor do they require a gift tax return to otherwise be filed in the year a taxpayer elects to terminate a previous election out.
Thus, split gifts made by the transferor's spouse are now listed separately in Part 1, 2 or 3 of Schedule A, Facilitating the ability to elect out of the deemed-allocation rules for split gifts that are direct skips or lifetime redirect-skip transfers.
743 to elect a basis step-up within the partnership, to reflect any higher FMV of partnership assets, based on the appraised value of the deceased partner's interest.
All other taxpayers must elect to compute LIFO price indexes from the PPI Detailed Report.
An "active trader" in securities therefore can elect to recognize gain or loss on any security held in connection with his trade or business as a trader at the close of the tax year, as if that security was sold for its fair market value on the last business day of that tax year, and thus take into account the gain or loss for the year.
Generally, the notice allows taxpayers to elect the installment method by filing an amended return(s) before the expiration of the statute of limitations for the applicable tax year(s), to report income from an installment sale under the installment method.
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 elects to include the amortization of the discount as current-year income, Sec.
If the corporation elects to use the specific accounting method, all the shareholders affected by the stock disposition must consent.
Also, if a shareholder owns brother-sister S corporations, contributes stock of one to the other and elects QSSS status for the new subsidiary, the step-transaction doctrine may make this group of transactions taxable.
Once a taxpayer elects the HAR, it may use that method for the next five years, after which the taxpayer must compute its actual absorption ratio under the applicable simplified method for one year.