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8th Mar '18 8:20:25 PM Gamermaster
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* The student council election arc of ''Manga/KaguyaSamaWaKokurasetai'' has everyone take their positions a little too seriously (up to and including acts of ''industrial espionage''). Shirogane ends up looking like a giant and threatening obstacle in the race, while Kaguya strong-arms and intimidates any potential threat to Shirogane's victory.

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* The student council election arc of ''Manga/KaguyaSamaWaKokurasetai'' ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'' has everyone take their positions a little too seriously (up to and including acts of ''industrial espionage''). Shirogane ends up looking like a giant and threatening obstacle in the race, while Kaguya strong-arms and intimidates any potential threat to Shirogane's victory.
26th Feb '18 10:40:44 AM Glide08
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Many minor positions in government go unopposed, and when there actually is an election, it's very small scale. Statistically, election turnouts in countries without mandatory voting are frequently low, and few people take part in elections for anything lower than the highest executive office or legislative body, depending on where the balance of power lies in the Presidential-Parliamentary spectrum [[note:in Presidential systems, the Head of State (i.e. President) is also the chief executive and the cabinet needs no legislative confidence, so the Presidential Election would be more important that the Legislative Election; in Parliamentary systems, the chief executive - in this case, the Head of Government (i.e. Prime Minister) - is drawn from the Legislature, and the Head of State has no power of their own, so the Legislative Election would be more important that the Presidential Election where one exists, as the HoS might be elected by the Legislature instead of the voters.]]. Since real life student councils aren't worth much more than an extracurricular activity on your college application, real life students are largely apathetic as to who is on the ballot.

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Many minor positions in government go unopposed, and when there actually is an election, it's very small scale. Statistically, election turnouts in countries without mandatory voting are frequently low, and few people take part in elections for anything lower than the highest executive office or legislative body, depending on where the balance of power lies in the Presidential-Parliamentary spectrum [[note:in [[note]]in Presidential systems, the Head of State (i.e. President) is also the chief executive and the cabinet needs no legislative confidence, so the Presidential Election would be more important that the Legislative Election; in Parliamentary systems, the chief executive - in this case, the Head of Government (i.e. Prime Minister) - is drawn from the Legislature, and the Head of State has no power of their own, so the Legislative Election would be more important that the Presidential Election where one exists, as the HoS might be elected by the Legislature instead of the voters.]].[[/note]]. Since real life student councils aren't worth much more than an extracurricular activity on your college application, real life students are largely apathetic as to who is on the ballot.
26th Feb '18 10:39:29 AM Glide08
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Many minor positions in government go unopposed, and when there actually is an election, it's very small scale. Statistically, election turnouts in countries without mandatory voting are frequently low, and few people take part in elections for anything lower than the highest executive office or legislative body, depending on where the balance of power lies in the Presidential-Parliamentary spectrum [[note|in Presidential systems, the Head of State (i.e. President) is also the chief executive and the cabinet needs no legislative confidence, so the Presidential Election would be more important that the Legislative Election; in Parliamentary systems, the chief executive - in this case, the Head of Government (i.e. Prime Minister) - is drawn from the Legislature, and the Head of State has no power of their own, so the Legislative Election would be more important that the Presidential Election where one exists, as the HoS might be elected by the Legislature instead of the voters.]]. Since real life student councils aren't worth much more than an extracurricular activity on your college application, real life students are largely apathetic as to who is on the ballot.

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Many minor positions in government go unopposed, and when there actually is an election, it's very small scale. Statistically, election turnouts in countries without mandatory voting are frequently low, and few people take part in elections for anything lower than the highest executive office or legislative body, depending on where the balance of power lies in the Presidential-Parliamentary spectrum [[note|in [[note:in Presidential systems, the Head of State (i.e. President) is also the chief executive and the cabinet needs no legislative confidence, so the Presidential Election would be more important that the Legislative Election; in Parliamentary systems, the chief executive - in this case, the Head of Government (i.e. Prime Minister) - is drawn from the Legislature, and the Head of State has no power of their own, so the Legislative Election would be more important that the Presidential Election where one exists, as the HoS might be elected by the Legislature instead of the voters.]]. Since real life student councils aren't worth much more than an extracurricular activity on your college application, real life students are largely apathetic as to who is on the ballot.
26th Feb '18 10:38:22 AM Glide08
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Many minor positions in government go unopposed, and when there actually is an election, it's very small scale. Statistically, election turnouts in countries without mandatory voting are frequently low, and few people take part in elections for anything lower than the highest executive office. Since real life student councils aren't worth much more than an extracurricular activity on your college application, real life students are largely apathetic as to who is on the ballot.

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Many minor positions in government go unopposed, and when there actually is an election, it's very small scale. Statistically, election turnouts in countries without mandatory voting are frequently low, and few people take part in elections for anything lower than the highest executive office.office or legislative body, depending on where the balance of power lies in the Presidential-Parliamentary spectrum [[note|in Presidential systems, the Head of State (i.e. President) is also the chief executive and the cabinet needs no legislative confidence, so the Presidential Election would be more important that the Legislative Election; in Parliamentary systems, the chief executive - in this case, the Head of Government (i.e. Prime Minister) - is drawn from the Legislature, and the Head of State has no power of their own, so the Legislative Election would be more important that the Presidential Election where one exists, as the HoS might be elected by the Legislature instead of the voters.]]. Since real life student councils aren't worth much more than an extracurricular activity on your college application, real life students are largely apathetic as to who is on the ballot.
17th Feb '18 7:43:14 PM Andyroid
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' involves an elementary election for the student council president. It's TheBully Diamond Tiara versus Pipsqueak. The Cutie Mark Crusaders view Diamond winning as a negative thing because she is bullies everyone and it will only make the situation worse. Diamond Tiara views losing as not being an option because it would mean she's failed at her Special Talent [[spoiler:and she would shame her emotionally abusive mother who puts winning and reputation over everything]].

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* One episode ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': "Crusaders of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' the Lost Mark" involves an elementary election for the student council president. It's TheBully president at Ponyville Elementary, pitting [[AlphaBitch Diamond Tiara Tiara]] versus Pipsqueak. The Cutie Mark Crusaders view Diamond winning as a negative thing because she is bullies everyone and it she's a bullying egomaniac who will only make things worse for the situation worse. school. Diamond Tiara views ends up losing as not being an option big-time when her pushy campaigning alienates everypony at school, including her BetaBitch and only friend Silver Spoon. It turns out the reason Diamond takes the election so seriously is because it would mean she's failed at afraid of being shamed by her Special Talent [[spoiler:and she would shame her emotionally abusive mother who puts winning status-obsessed mother, Spoiled Rich, and reputation over everything]].the rest of the episode is taken up by the Crusaders helping Diamond Tiara through a minor identity crisis.
29th Dec '17 12:41:36 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Earl is seen betting on the outcome of a small African country's presidential election, which is apparently, said election is being broadcast internationally.

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* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Earl is seen betting on the outcome of a small African country's presidential election, which is apparently, said election is apparently being broadcast internationally.
29th Dec '17 12:41:09 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''ComicStrip/JudgeParker'' features a storyline in which Randy Parker runs for county judge. The media is obsessed with him and he even has an opponent that gets reporters to show up as he's ''filing his intent to run''. Said opponent attempts to imply in newspaper-friendly terms that Randy Parker "[[HoYay isn't the marrying kind]]", but is downed before the election ever begins because his alcoholic wife attacked one of the reporters. The only realistic element is that this was the ''only'' opponent in the election, letting Randy win by running unopposed.

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* ''ComicStrip/JudgeParker'' features a storyline in which Randy Parker runs for county judge. The media is obsessed with him and he even has judge in an election that receives significant coverage. His opponent that gets reporters to show up as he's ''filing his intent to run''. Said opponent attempts to imply run'' and implies in newspaper-friendly terms that Randy Parker "[[HoYay isn't the marrying kind]]", but is downed before the election ever begins because his alcoholic wife attacked one of the reporters. The only realistic element is that this was the ''only'' opponent in the election, letting Randy win by running unopposed.



* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Earl is seen betting on the outcome of a presidential election in a small African country. Apparently, said election is being broadcast internationally.

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* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Earl is seen betting on the outcome of a presidential election in a small African country. Apparently, country's presidential election, which is apparently, said election is being broadcast internationally.


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* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'': Leslie runs for city council in her mid-sized town of Pawnee against the heir of the local candy business over the course of an entire season, and it's treated like a presidential debate. She has the services of a powerful campaign manager, makes public appearances and goes on a bus tour. The election gets considerable coverage on local news programs and even has a televised debate.
10th Dec '17 12:38:43 PM lakingsif
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* In the ''Series/BlackMirror'' season two episode "[[Series/BlackMirrorSeriesTwo The Waldo Moment]]", comedian/CGI puppeteer Jamie Salter is pushed into running in a by-election as Waldo, the profane character he portrays. Everybody on all sides regards the outcome as a given, they all know the Conservative party is going to win, but the Labor candidate recognizes that she will get her name out in the press for the ''next'' election, and Waldo become an internet sensation. The entire election degenerates into a complete media farce. Played with, however, in that the Conservative candidate -- [[{{Jerkass}} while a bit of a pompous dick]] -- [[JerkassHasAPoint is not entirely wrong]] to point out that while this might be a small by-election, Waldo's antics are making a mockery of and potentially undermining democracy, thus making it an ''actual'' serious business.

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* In the ''Series/BlackMirror'' season two episode "[[Series/BlackMirrorSeriesTwo The Waldo Moment]]", "Recap/BlackMirrorTheWaldoMoment", comedian/CGI puppeteer Jamie Salter is pushed into running in a by-election as Waldo, the profane character he portrays. Everybody on all sides regards the outcome as a given, they all know the Conservative party is going to win, but the Labor candidate recognizes that she will get her name out in the press for the ''next'' election, and Waldo become an internet sensation. The entire election degenerates into a complete media farce. Played with, however, in that the Conservative candidate -- [[{{Jerkass}} while a bit of a pompous dick]] -- [[JerkassHasAPoint is not entirely wrong]] to point out that while this might be a small by-election, Waldo's antics are making a mockery of and potentially undermining democracy, thus making it an ''actual'' serious business.
11th Oct '17 2:58:39 AM Morgenthaler
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4th Oct '17 9:36:01 AM AnotherDuck
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* Averted in political sciences that employ the term of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second-order_election second-order elections]] for elections where's supposedly less at stake and wherein voting behavior actually differs considerably from first-order elections which are mostly national legislative and presidential elections.
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