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* Hinted at in one episode of ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': In ''Murder in the Electric Cathedral'' the son of the murder victim threatens the DA that - should he not get acting soon - he would see to it that the DA "won't even be elected dog-catcher next spring."
22nd Mar '16 9:25:22 AM MegaMarioMan
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* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' had Frankie tired of how Herriman ran the home, so she decided to run for the job. Bloo joins the campaign because - well, [[AttentionWhore just because.]] Herriman, realizing that he couldn't win against Frankie on his own, makes a deal with Bloo to give up the race and become his campaign manager, and together launch a vicious smear campaign against Frankie. The election results with [[spoiler:Frankie winning, but then giving the job back to Herriman after seeing him miserable as a supermarket bag boy. THe pay being less than her old job and the bonus being carrots helped.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' had Frankie tired of how Herriman ran the home, so she decided to run for the job. Bloo joins the campaign because - well, [[AttentionWhore just because.]] Herriman, realizing that he couldn't win against Frankie on his own, makes a deal with Bloo to give up the race and become his campaign manager, and together launch a vicious smear campaign against Frankie. The election results with [[spoiler:Frankie winning, but then giving the job back to Herriman after seeing him miserable as a supermarket bag boy. THe The pay being less than her old job and the bonus being carrots helped.]]
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* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' had Frankie tired of how Herriman ran the home, so she decided to run for the job. Bloo joins the campaign because - well, [[AttentionWhore just because.]] Herriman, realizing that he couldn't win against Frankie on his own, makes a deal with Bloo to give up the race and become his campaign manager, and together launch a vicious smear campaign against Frankie. The election results with [[spoiler:Frankie winning, but then giving the job back to Herriman after seeing him miserable as a supermarket bag boy.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' had Frankie tired of how Herriman ran the home, so she decided to run for the job. Bloo joins the campaign because - well, [[AttentionWhore just because.]] Herriman, realizing that he couldn't win against Frankie on his own, makes a deal with Bloo to give up the race and become his campaign manager, and together launch a vicious smear campaign against Frankie. The election results with [[spoiler:Frankie winning, but then giving the job back to Herriman after seeing him miserable as a supermarket bag boy. THe pay being less than her old job and the bonus being carrots helped.]]
23rd Dec '15 3:18:23 PM Berber
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However, many works will play this absolutely straight, never acknowledging that student council elections are actually boring, mundane events or that students rarely care about the results. School settings that play this straight often contain an AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil to go along with this illusion. School settings that don't A common menial position played for laughs is a campaign for dog catcher, a play on the phrase "you couldn't get elected dog catcher!"

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However, many works will play this absolutely straight, never acknowledging that student council elections are actually boring, mundane events or that students rarely care about the results. School settings that play this straight often contain an AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil to go along with this illusion. School settings that don't A common menial position played for laughs is a campaign for dog catcher, a play on the phrase "you couldn't get elected dog catcher!"
7th Dec '15 4:49:06 AM StFan
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* ''JudgeParker'' featured a storyline in which Randy Parker ran for county judge. The media was obsessed with him and he even had an opponent that got reporters to show up as he ''filed his intent to run''. Said opponent attempted to imply in newspaper friendly terms that Randy Parker "[[HoYay wasn't the marrying kind]]", but was downed before the election ever began because his alcoholic wife attacked one of the reporters. The only realistic element was that this was the ''only'' opponent in the election, letting Randy win by running unopposed.



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* In ''The StrawberryShortcake Berryfest Princess Movie'', Strawberry and Orange Blossom compete for the position of Berryfest Princess, who is in charge of putting together the upcoming Berryfest. The two girls have a true "may the best [[strike:man]] girl win" attitude about it, but their friends are incredibly torn up about which of them to vote for, with one of them even declaring the election the worst thing to ever happen to them. Strawberry even considers pulling out of the election just so her friends don't have to make such a difficult choice, but is convinced to stay in the race, and eventually wins [[DecidedByOneVote by one vote]].
* ''Film/{{Election}}'' played this for satire, both on the United States presidential elections and the amount of seriousness that other people give to student council elections. The most popular candidate in the election is the one who promises to never do anything and make sure the students never have to attend mandatory pep rallies for student council ever again.

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* In ''The StrawberryShortcake Berryfest Princess Movie'', Strawberry and Orange Blossom compete for the position of Berryfest Princess, who is ''ComicStrip/JudgeParker'' features a storyline in charge of putting together the upcoming Berryfest. The two girls have a true "may the best [[strike:man]] girl win" attitude about it, but their friends are incredibly torn up about which of them to vote for, Randy Parker runs for county judge. The media is obsessed with one of them him and he even declaring 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 the worst thing to ever happen to them. Strawberry even considers pulling out begins because his alcoholic wife attacked one of the election just so her friends don't have to make such a difficult choice, but reporters. The only realistic element is convinced to stay that this was the ''only'' opponent in the race, and eventually wins [[DecidedByOneVote election, letting Randy win by one vote]].
* ''Film/{{Election}}'' played this for satire, both on the United States presidential elections and the amount of seriousness that other people give to student council elections. The most popular candidate in the election is the one who promises to never do anything and make sure the students never have to attend mandatory pep rallies for student council ever again.
running unopposed.



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* Subverted in Literature/TheBelgariad: ''Nobody'' took the Sendarian election seriously, least of all the candidates. Everyone thought it was a ridiculous way to choose a king, and they ended up with a dynasty of quite good rulers who don't take themselves too seriously.
** Further details: The election required that a candidate have a simple majority of the popular vote. Unfortunately, there were 724 candidates on the first ballot. Rather than have a runoff election between a fixed number of the more popular candidates, the Sendarians simply had another election, with every candidate who didn't choose to withdraw still on the ballot. This process repeated for 6 years and 22 ballots, ultimately resulting in the election of King Fundor the Magnificent, a rutabaga farmer who had been nominated by his neighbors, had not spent a single moment in those six years actively campaigning, and who honestly thought that they had pulled him off the ballot years before.
* Played very straight in "The Casual Vacancy".

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* Subverted in Literature/TheBelgariad: ''Nobody'' took In ''The WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake Berryfest Princess Movie'', Strawberry and Orange Blossom compete for the Sendarian election seriously, least position of all Berryfest Princess, who is in charge of putting together the candidates. Everyone thought it was a ridiculous way to choose a king, and they ended up with a dynasty of quite good rulers who don't take themselves too seriously.
** Further details:
upcoming Berryfest. The election required that a candidate two girls have a simple majority of true "may the popular vote. Unfortunately, there were 724 candidates on the first ballot. Rather than have a runoff election between a fixed number best [[strike:man]] girl win" attitude about it, but their friends are incredibly torn up about which of the more popular candidates, the Sendarians simply had another election, them to vote for, with every candidate who didn't choose to withdraw still on the ballot. This process repeated for 6 years and 22 ballots, ultimately resulting in one of them even declaring the election of King Fundor the Magnificent, worst thing to ever happen to them. Strawberry even considers pulling out of the election just so her friends don't have to make such a rutabaga farmer who had been nominated by his neighbors, had not spent a single moment difficult choice, but is convinced to stay in those six years actively campaigning, the race, and who honestly thought that they had pulled him off the ballot years before.
* Played very straight in "The Casual Vacancy".
eventually wins [[DecidedByOneVote by one vote]].



[[folder: Live Action Television]]
* An episode of ''Series/{{Blossom}}'' played up the absurdity by even having one of the students involved in a Clinton-esque sex scandal and Ross Perot gathering a percentage of the vote.
* In ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', Uncle Phil runs for a county Judge position against his old law school mentor, the current Judge, because he realizes that Judge Robertson is sleazy and ''senile'' (Robertson even ''admits'' he's senile). While a Judgeship is a very important position, the election still ends up receiving much more attention than a local race like this would in real life. Local media actually do ''polling'' for the race and cover it frequently. Even more, Robertson plays dirty and any bad PR for Phil ends up having a swarm of press covering it. In the end [[spoiler: Phil loses the election, but Judge Robertson ends up dying at his own victory party and the Governor of California appoints Phil to his seat.]]
* The very first episode of ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh'' featured Stephanie Kaye running for Student Council President as a way to create a more mature, popular image for her new ''{{Stripperiffic}}'' makeover. The conflict of the episode comes from the clash between Stephanie, her friend Voula, and her new friend Joey Jeremiah. The students attend an election rally outside of school hours, though it's not clear if they're being forced to come or if they're appearing voluntarily. Despite initially giving responsible yet overreaching speeches from Voula, Stephanie actually wins her campaign by letting all the boys at the rally kiss her and changing her slogan to "All the way with Stephanie Kaye." She also makes bizarre campaign promises such as rock music on the PA system and co-ed swimming in gym class. Amazingly, nobody in the school administration is concerned about a student council candidate essentially prostituting herself for votes. Furthermore, there's something strange about how Voula cares deeply about the integrity of the student council campaign, while Stephanie seems to think it's a popularity contest. Like they are in ''real life''.
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' parodied the 2012 Presidential Election using a "documentary" in which John Oliver and Jason Jones became rival campaign managers of two 13 year olds running for student council. As the students were actual students, the segment played their rather blaise reaction to student elections against the comically over the top seriousness of the adults.
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'' Emma (a former bail bond enforcer) and Sidney (a newspaper journalist with no relevant experience) apply for the position of ''sheriff''. Rather than picking a candidate based on competence this turns into an election, complete with a debate attended by the entire town and one backer committing arson to benefit his candidate.
* 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.
--> '''Earl:''' "MOOMBATAAAAAA!!! WOO! NEW DAY FOR [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield CENTRAL AFRICA!]]"
* A second-season episode of ''Series/TheWestWing'' deals with the midterm congressional elections which actually ''are'' important, but President Bartlet instead obsesses over a race in his hometown in New Hampshire where the conservative he beat in his very first election to the House of Representatives is running for a school board seat. He goes as far as having polling done and wants to comment about it to the press before CJ talks him down. '
* PlayedWith on the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode Intro to Political Science. While Jeff and Annie treat it seriously, with Jeff using the style over substance of real politicians while Annie is the only person in the room with ideas, no one else does. After Annie defeats Jeff by dragging out an embarrassing video of him and dropping out herself as she felt bad about it, the election comes down to Leonard blowing rasberries and Magnitude saying Pop Pop to everything. The winner is South Park with seven out of eleven votes.

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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* An episode of ''Series/{{Blossom}}'' ''Film/{{Election}}'' played up the absurdity by even having one of the students involved in a Clinton-esque sex scandal and Ross Perot gathering a percentage of the vote.
* In ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', Uncle Phil runs for a county Judge position against his old law school mentor, the current Judge, because he realizes that Judge Robertson is sleazy and ''senile'' (Robertson even ''admits'' he's senile). While a Judgeship is a very important position, the election still ends up receiving much more attention than a local race like
this would in real life. Local media actually do ''polling'' for satire, both on the race and cover it frequently. Even more, Robertson plays dirty and any bad PR for Phil ends up having a swarm of press covering it. In the end [[spoiler: Phil loses the election, but Judge Robertson ends up dying at his own victory party United States presidential elections and the Governor amount of California appoints Phil seriousness that other people give to his seat.]]
* The very first episode of ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh'' featured Stephanie Kaye running for Student Council President as a way to create a more mature, popular image for her new ''{{Stripperiffic}}'' makeover. The conflict of the episode comes from the clash between Stephanie, her friend Voula, and her new friend Joey Jeremiah. The students attend an election rally outside of school hours, though it's not clear if they're being forced to come or if they're appearing voluntarily. Despite initially giving responsible yet overreaching speeches from Voula, Stephanie actually wins her campaign by letting all the boys at the rally kiss her and changing her slogan to "All the way with Stephanie Kaye." She also makes bizarre campaign promises such as rock music on the PA system and co-ed swimming in gym class. Amazingly, nobody in the school administration is concerned about a
student council elections. The most popular candidate essentially prostituting herself in the election is the one who promises to never do anything and make sure the students never have to attend mandatory pep rallies for votes. Furthermore, there's something strange about how Voula cares deeply about the integrity of the student council campaign, while Stephanie seems to think it's a popularity contest. Like they are in ''real life''.
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' parodied the 2012 Presidential Election using a "documentary" in which John Oliver and Jason Jones became rival campaign managers of two 13 year olds running for student council. As the students were actual students, the segment played their rather blaise reaction to student elections against the comically over the top seriousness of the adults.
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'' Emma (a former bail bond enforcer) and Sidney (a newspaper journalist with no relevant experience) apply for the position of ''sheriff''. Rather than picking a candidate based on competence this turns into an election, complete with a debate attended by the entire town and one backer committing arson to benefit his candidate.
* 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.
--> '''Earl:''' "MOOMBATAAAAAA!!! WOO! NEW DAY FOR [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield CENTRAL AFRICA!]]"
* A second-season episode of ''Series/TheWestWing'' deals with the midterm congressional elections which actually ''are'' important, but President Bartlet instead obsesses over a race in his hometown in New Hampshire where the conservative he beat in his very first election to the House of Representatives is running for a school board seat. He goes as far as having polling done and wants to comment about it to the press before CJ talks him down. '
* PlayedWith on the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode Intro to Political Science. While Jeff and Annie treat it seriously, with Jeff using the style over substance of real politicians while Annie is the only person in the room with ideas, no one else does. After Annie defeats Jeff by dragging out an embarrassing video of him and dropping out herself as she felt bad about it, the election comes down to Leonard blowing rasberries and Magnitude saying Pop Pop to everything. The winner is South Park with seven out of eleven votes.
ever again.



[[folder: Real Life]]
* TruthInTelevision -- Old joke: why are local politics so vicious? Because the stakes are so petty.
* British county and municipal council elections have the full party-political machine involved in them, despite the fact that their actual influence is extremely limited these days; they have the power to decide how often the garbage gets collected, where the no-parking zones are put and whether or not you can build an extension on the back of your house but that's about it. They mostly seem to use the posts as a sort of probationary period for future Parliamentary candidates.
* 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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* TruthInTelevision -- Old joke: why are local politics so vicious? Because the stakes are so petty.
* British county and municipal council elections have the full party-political machine involved in them, despite the fact that their actual influence is extremely limited these days; they have the power to decide how often the garbage gets collected, where the no-parking zones are put and whether or not you can build an extension on the back of your house but that's about it. They mostly seem to use the posts as a sort of probationary period for future Parliamentary candidates.
* 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.
petty.



[[folder: Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'' played this mostly straight ''twice'' in two separate student council election arcs. The most absurd parts are how seriously Stan keeps taking it, spending what must be hundreds of dollars on t-shirts for his campaign (and he even gets people to wear them!), posters, a pizza party, and numerous rallies in which, of course, the students show up voluntarily and get extremely excited by him. Stan even talks about "the issues" as a way to throw his opponents, tries to implicate them in scandals and actually throws his sort-of girlfriend under a bus all in the name of high school elections. On a smaller scale, when Aggie runs in the first arc, she seriously believes that becoming student council president was a platform for promoting world peace. When Cyndi runs in the second election arc, she spends massive amounts of time to stop Stan from winning by creating scandal, though it could be argued that since Cyndi [[ForTheEvulz just likes making drama]], her goal isn't winning the election so much as screwing with Stan.
** A joke in the first arc suggests most students aren't even aware there ''is'' a student council, while a joke after the conclusion of the second arc has Meg compare being class president to dressing up a Barbie in a pinstripe suit. So there is some acknowledgement that in reality, student council elections actually are as pointless in Belleville as they are in the real world. It's just downplayed because the viewpoint of the core cast members (who take them ''deadly'' seriously) is the only one the readers usually see.
** By the end of the series, it's clear that Stan's focus on superficial things like student elections has simultaneously taught him the life skills he needs to schmooze with people to move up in the world while also costing him any meaningful relationships since he'll always treat them as less important than the appearance of being "liked." This was reinforced in the follow-up ''Webcomic/{{QUILTBAG}}'', making it clear that at least for Stan's character arc, his deadly serious attitude about something ultimately pointless and popularity driven was intended to establish what kind of person he grows up to be as opposed to granting him actual power.
* ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' had two arcs where Kevin ran for office. The first was the office of "Recreation Administrator", which Kevin intended to run for just to ensure that his daughter, a [[KillerRabbit carnivorous rabbit]], could enroll in a predator-oriented youth league. Despite this being a pretty minor position (and the action itself likely not even ''requiring'' Kevin to run for office), the campaign apparently required campaign teams, rallies, campaign donors, and constant attention from the media (including front page updates) centering around the race for the position. The race quickly turns into a fight about racial purity and Kevin is actually brought down by a scandal that his wolf wife ate the wife of his opponent, a tortoise. In a ContrivedCoincidence, Kevin loses the race, but his daughter renders the results meaningless by producing the tortoise's wife, alive and bearing a half-weasel, half-tortoise child...thus forcing the tortoise to make the policy change anyway. The second election arc featured Kevin running for a school board position to roll back high-stakes testing (in this universe, the "high stakes" are a 1 in 10 chance that your child will be ''eaten alive during the test''). While a school board position is a real position with debates and a need for a real campaign, the K&K still gets a strangely disproportionate amount of media coverage compared to a real school board debate. Regardless, the arc had a more realistic expectation of what Kevin could do and when he did win, the actual process of getting his desired change through was represented as sluggish and caught up in bureaucracy.

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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'' played this mostly straight ''twice'' Subverted in two separate student council Literature/TheBelgariad: ''Nobody'' takes the Sendarian election arcs. The most absurd parts are how seriously Stan keeps taking it, spending what must be hundreds seriously, least of dollars on t-shirts for his campaign (and he even gets people to wear them!), posters, a pizza party, and numerous rallies in which, of course, all the students show up voluntarily and get extremely excited by him. Stan even talks about "the issues" as candidates. Everyone thinks it is a ridiculous way to throw his opponents, tries to implicate them in scandals choose a king, and actually throws his sort-of girlfriend under they ends up with a bus all in dynasty of quite good rulers who don't take themselves too seriously. Further details: The election requires that a candidate have a simple majority of the name of high school elections. On a smaller scale, when Aggie runs in popular vote. Unfortunately, there are 724 candidates on the first arc, she seriously believes that becoming student council president was ballot. Rather than have a platform for promoting world peace. When Cyndi runs in the second runoff election arc, she spends massive amounts between a fixed number of time the more popular candidates, the Sendarians simply have another election, with every candidate who didn't choose to stop Stan from winning by creating scandal, though it could be argued that since Cyndi [[ForTheEvulz just likes making drama]], her goal isn't winning withdraw still on the ballot. This process repeats for 6 years and 22 ballots, ultimately resulting in the election so much as screwing with Stan.
** A joke in
of King Fundor the first arc suggests most students aren't even aware there ''is'' Magnificent, a student council, while a joke after the conclusion of the second arc rutabaga farmer who has Meg compare being class president to dressing up been nominated by his neighbors, has not spent a Barbie single moment in a pinstripe suit. So there is some acknowledgement those six years actively campaigning, and who honestly thought that in reality, student council elections actually are as pointless in Belleville as they are in had pulled him off the real world. It's just downplayed because the viewpoint of the core cast members (who take them ''deadly'' seriously) is the only one the readers usually see.
** By the end of the series, it's clear that Stan's focus on superficial things like student elections has simultaneously taught him the life skills he needs to schmooze with people to move up
ballot years before.
%%* Played very straight
in the world while also costing him any meaningful relationships since he'll always treat them as less important than the appearance of being "liked." This was reinforced in the follow-up ''Webcomic/{{QUILTBAG}}'', making it clear that at least for Stan's character arc, his deadly serious attitude about something ultimately pointless and popularity driven was intended to establish what kind of person he grows up to be as opposed to granting him actual power.
* ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' had two arcs where Kevin ran for office. The first was the office of "Recreation Administrator", which Kevin intended to run for just to ensure that his daughter, a [[KillerRabbit carnivorous rabbit]], could enroll in a predator-oriented youth league. Despite this being a pretty minor position (and the action itself likely not even ''requiring'' Kevin to run for office), the campaign apparently required campaign teams, rallies, campaign donors, and constant attention from the media (including front page updates) centering around the race for the position. The race quickly turns into a fight about racial purity and Kevin is actually brought down by a scandal that his wolf wife ate the wife of his opponent, a tortoise. In a ContrivedCoincidence, Kevin loses the race, but his daughter renders the results meaningless by producing the tortoise's wife, alive and bearing a half-weasel, half-tortoise child...thus forcing the tortoise to make the policy change anyway. The second election arc featured Kevin running for a school board position to roll back high-stakes testing (in this universe, the "high stakes" are a 1 in 10 chance that your child will be ''eaten alive during the test''). While a school board position is a real position with debates and a need for a real campaign, the K&K still gets a strangely disproportionate amount of media coverage compared to a real school board debate. Regardless, the arc had a more realistic expectation of what Kevin could do and when he did win, the actual process of getting his desired change through was represented as sluggish and caught up in bureaucracy.
"The Casual Vacancy".



[[folder: Web Original]]
* Website/{{Cracked}} made fun of the idea in [[http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_124_if-every-job-was-decided-by-election-17-campaign-ads/ If Every Job Was Decided by Election: 17 Campaign Ads]]

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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Website/{{Cracked}} made fun An episode of ''Series/{{Blossom}}'' plays up the absurdity by even having one of the idea students involved in [[http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_124_if-every-job-was-decided-by-election-17-campaign-ads/ If Every Job Was Decided a Clinton-esque sex scandal and Ross Perot gathering a percentage of the vote.
* In ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', Uncle Phil runs for a county Judge position against his old law school mentor, the current Judge, because he realizes that Judge Robertson is sleazy and ''senile'' (Robertson even ''admits'' he's senile). While a Judgeship is a very important position, the election still ends up receiving much more attention than a local race like this would in real life. Local media actually do ''polling'' for the race and cover it frequently. Even more, Robertson plays dirty and any bad PR for Phil ends up having a swarm of press covering it. In the end [[spoiler: Phil loses the election, but Judge Robertson ends up dying at his own victory party and the Governor of California appoints Phil to his seat.]]
* The very first episode of ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh'' featured Stephanie Kaye running for Student Council President as a way to create a more mature, popular image for her new ''{{Stripperiffic}}'' makeover. The conflict of the episode comes from the clash between Stephanie, her friend Voula, and her new friend Joey Jeremiah. The students attend an election rally outside of school hours, though it's not clear if they're being forced to come or if they're appearing voluntarily. Despite initially giving responsible yet overreaching speeches from Voula, Stephanie actually wins her campaign
by Election: 17 Campaign Ads]]letting all the boys at the rally kiss her and changing her slogan to "All the way with Stephanie Kaye." She also makes bizarre campaign promises such as rock music on the PA system and co-ed swimming in gym class. Amazingly, nobody in the school administration is concerned about a student council candidate essentially prostituting herself for votes. Furthermore, there's something strange about how Voula cares deeply about the integrity of the student council campaign, while Stephanie seems to think it's a popularity contest. Like they are in ''real life''.
* ''Series/TheDailyShowWithJonStewart'' parodied the 2012 Presidential Election using a "documentary" in which John Oliver and Jason Jones became rival campaign managers of two 13-year-olds running for student council. As the students were actual students, the segment played their rather blase reaction to student elections against the comically over-the-top seriousness of the adults.
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'' Emma (a former bail bond enforcer) and Sidney (a newspaper journalist with no relevant experience) apply for the position of ''sheriff''. Rather than picking a candidate based on competence this turns into an election, complete with a debate attended by the entire town and one backer committing arson to benefit his candidate.
* 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.
--> '''Earl:''' "MOOMBATAAAAAA!!! WOO! NEW DAY FOR [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield CENTRAL AFRICA!]]"
* A second-season episode of ''Series/TheWestWing'' deals with the midterm congressional elections which actually ''are'' important, but President Bartlet instead obsesses over a race in his hometown in New Hampshire where the conservative he beat in his very first election to the House of Representatives is running for a school board seat. He goes as far as having polling done and wants to comment about it to the press before CJ talks him down. '
* PlayedWith on the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode Intro to Political Science. While Jeff and Annie treat it seriously, with Jeff using the style over substance of real politicians while Annie is the only person in the room with ideas, no one else does. After Annie defeats Jeff by dragging out an embarrassing video of him and dropping out herself as she felt bad about it, the election comes down to Leonard blowing rasberries and Magnitude saying Pop Pop to everything. The winner is South Park with seven out of eleven votes.



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[[folder: Western [[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'' played this mostly straight ''twice'' in two separate student council election arcs. The most absurd parts are how seriously Stan keeps taking it, spending what must be hundreds of dollars on t-shirts for his campaign (and he even gets people to wear them!), posters, a pizza party, and numerous rallies in which, of course, the students show up voluntarily and get extremely excited by him. Stan even talks about "the issues" as a way to throw his opponents, tries to implicate them in scandals and actually throws his sort-of girlfriend under a bus all in the name of high school elections. On a smaller scale, when Aggie runs in the first arc, she seriously believes that becoming student council president was a platform for promoting world peace. When Cyndi runs in the second election arc, she spends massive amounts of time to stop Stan from winning by creating scandal, though it could be argued that since Cyndi [[ForTheEvulz just likes making drama]], her goal isn't winning the election so much as screwing with Stan.
** A joke in the first arc suggests most students aren't even aware there ''is'' a student council, while a joke after the conclusion of the second arc has Meg compare being class president to dressing up a Barbie in a pinstripe suit. So there is some acknowledgement that in reality, student council elections actually are as pointless in Belleville as they are in the real world. It's just downplayed because the viewpoint of the core cast members (who take them ''deadly'' seriously) is the only one the readers usually see.
** By the end of the series, it's clear that Stan's focus on superficial things like student elections has simultaneously taught him the life skills he needs to schmooze with people to move up in the world while also costing him any meaningful relationships since he'll always treat them as less important than the appearance of being "liked." This was reinforced in the follow-up ''Webcomic/{{QUILTBAG}}'', making it clear that at least for Stan's character arc, his deadly serious attitude about something ultimately pointless and popularity driven was intended to establish what kind of person he grows up to be as opposed to granting him actual power.
* ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' had two arcs where Kevin ran for office. The first was the office of "Recreation Administrator", which Kevin intended to run for just to ensure that his daughter, a [[KillerRabbit carnivorous rabbit]], could enroll in a predator-oriented youth league. Despite this being a pretty minor position (and the action itself likely not even ''requiring'' Kevin to run for office), the campaign apparently required campaign teams, rallies, campaign donors, and constant attention from the media (including front page updates) centering around the race for the position. The race quickly turns into a fight about racial purity and Kevin is actually brought down by a scandal that his wolf wife ate the wife of his opponent, a tortoise. In a ContrivedCoincidence, Kevin loses the race, but his daughter renders the results meaningless by producing the tortoise's wife, alive and bearing a half-weasel, half-tortoise child...thus forcing the tortoise to make the policy change anyway. The second election arc featured Kevin running for a school board position to roll back high-stakes testing (in this universe, the "high stakes" are a 1 in 10 chance that your child will be ''eaten alive during the test''). While a school board position is a real position with debates and a need for a real campaign, the K&K still gets a strangely disproportionate amount of media coverage compared to a real school board debate. Regardless, the arc had a more realistic expectation of what Kevin could do and when he did win, the actual process of getting his desired change through was represented as sluggish and caught up in bureaucracy.
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* Website/{{Cracked}} made fun of the idea in [[http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_124_if-every-job-was-decided-by-election-17-campaign-ads/ If Every Job Was Decided by Election: 17 Campaign Ads]]
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* British county and municipal council elections have the full party-political machine involved in them, despite the fact that their actual influence is extremely limited these days; they have the power to decide how often the garbage gets collected, where the no-parking zones are put and whether or not you can build an extension on the back of your house but that's about it. They mostly seem to use the posts as a sort of probationary period for future Parliamentary candidates.
* 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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14th Oct '15 1:33:39 PM Pichu-kun
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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]].
4th Jul '15 4:03:07 AM fdsa1234567890
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* A second-season episode of ''Series/TheWestWing'' deals with the midterm congressional elections which actually ''are'' important, but President Bartlet instead obsesses over a race in his hometown in New Hampshire where the conservative he beat in his very first election to the House of Representatives is running for a school board seat. He goes as far as having polling done and wants to comment about it to the press before CJ talks him down.

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* A second-season episode of ''Series/TheWestWing'' deals with the midterm congressional elections which actually ''are'' important, but President Bartlet instead obsesses over a race in his hometown in New Hampshire where the conservative he beat in his very first election to the House of Representatives is running for a school board seat. He goes as far as having polling done and wants to comment about it to the press before CJ talks him down. \n '
* PlayedWith on the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode Intro to Political Science. While Jeff and Annie treat it seriously, with Jeff using the style over substance of real politicians while Annie is the only person in the room with ideas, no one else does. After Annie defeats Jeff by dragging out an embarrassing video of him and dropping out herself as she felt bad about it, the election comes down to Leonard blowing rasberries and Magnitude saying Pop Pop to everything. The winner is South Park with seven out of eleven votes.
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* A second-season episode of ''Series/TheWestWing'' deals with the midterm congressional elections which actually ''are'' important, but President Bartlet instead obsesses over a race in his hometown in New Hampshire where the conservative he beat in his very first election to the House of Representatives is running for a school board seat. He goes as far as having polling done and wants to comment about it to the press before CJ talks him down.
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** By the end of the series, it's clear that Stan's focus on superficial things like student elections has simultaneously taught him the life skills he needs to schmooze with people to move up in the world while also costing him any meaningful relationships since he'll always treat them as less important than the appearance of being "liked." This was reinforced in the follow-up ''{{QUILTBAG}}'', making it clear that at least for Stan's character arc, his deadly serious attitude about something ultimately pointless and popularity driven was intended to establish what kind of person he grows up to be as opposed to granting him actual power.
* ''KevinAndKell'' had two arcs where Kevin ran for office. The first was the office of "Recreation Administrator", which Kevin intended to run for just to ensure that his daughter, a [[KillerRabbit carnivorous rabbit]], could enroll in a predator-oriented youth league. Despite this being a pretty minor position (and the action itself likely not even ''requiring'' Kevin to run for office), the campaign apparently required campaign teams, rallies, campaign donors, and constant attention from the media (including front page updates) centering around the race for the position. The race quickly turns into a fight about racial purity and Kevin is actually brought down by a scandal that his wolf wife ate the wife of his opponent, a tortoise. In a ContrivedCoincidence, Kevin loses the race, but his daughter renders the results meaningless by producing the tortoise's wife, alive and bearing a half-weasel, half-tortoise child...thus forcing the tortoise to make the policy change anyway. The second election arc featured Kevin running for a school board position to roll back high-stakes testing (in this universe, the "high stakes" are a 1 in 10 chance that your child will be ''eaten alive during the test''). While a school board position is a real position with debates and a need for a real campaign, the K&K still gets a strangely disproportionate amount of media coverage compared to a real school board debate. Regardless, the arc had a more realistic expectation of what Kevin could do and when he did win, the actual process of getting his desired change through was represented as sluggish and caught up in bureaucracy.

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** By the end of the series, it's clear that Stan's focus on superficial things like student elections has simultaneously taught him the life skills he needs to schmooze with people to move up in the world while also costing him any meaningful relationships since he'll always treat them as less important than the appearance of being "liked." This was reinforced in the follow-up ''{{QUILTBAG}}'', ''Webcomic/{{QUILTBAG}}'', making it clear that at least for Stan's character arc, his deadly serious attitude about something ultimately pointless and popularity driven was intended to establish what kind of person he grows up to be as opposed to granting him actual power.
* ''KevinAndKell'' ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' had two arcs where Kevin ran for office. The first was the office of "Recreation Administrator", which Kevin intended to run for just to ensure that his daughter, a [[KillerRabbit carnivorous rabbit]], could enroll in a predator-oriented youth league. Despite this being a pretty minor position (and the action itself likely not even ''requiring'' Kevin to run for office), the campaign apparently required campaign teams, rallies, campaign donors, and constant attention from the media (including front page updates) centering around the race for the position. The race quickly turns into a fight about racial purity and Kevin is actually brought down by a scandal that his wolf wife ate the wife of his opponent, a tortoise. In a ContrivedCoincidence, Kevin loses the race, but his daughter renders the results meaningless by producing the tortoise's wife, alive and bearing a half-weasel, half-tortoise child...thus forcing the tortoise to make the policy change anyway. The second election arc featured Kevin running for a school board position to roll back high-stakes testing (in this universe, the "high stakes" are a 1 in 10 chance that your child will be ''eaten alive during the test''). While a school board position is a real position with debates and a need for a real campaign, the K&K still gets a strangely disproportionate amount of media coverage compared to a real school board debate. Regardless, the arc had a more realistic expectation of what Kevin could do and when he did win, the actual process of getting his desired change through was represented as sluggish and caught up in bureaucracy.
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