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10th Jun '17 9:55:27 AM nombretomado
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Of course, some degree of this happens for ''every'' election in a large enough city or state. The question is whether it's widespread enough to truly influence the results of the election. Still, expect the losing side to cry foul play even in relatively clean elections. This trope occurs frequently as an example of DickDastardlyStopsToCheat, when the winning side does it even when they would have won anyway. One variety involves "ghost voting," which is where people stuff the ballot box with the names of people who had in fact died sometime before the election, usually those who were recently deceased. This variant in particular is often associated with the city of [[TheWindyCity Chicago]], leading to jokes about Chicago being a place where people come back from the grave to vote.

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Of course, some degree of this happens for ''every'' election in a large enough city or state. The question is whether it's widespread enough to truly influence the results of the election. Still, expect the losing side to cry foul play even in relatively clean elections. This trope occurs frequently as an example of DickDastardlyStopsToCheat, when the winning side does it even when they would have won anyway. One variety involves "ghost voting," which is where people stuff the ballot box with the names of people who had in fact died sometime before the election, usually those who were recently deceased. This variant in particular is often associated with the city of [[TheWindyCity Chicago]], UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, leading to jokes about Chicago being a place where people come back from the grave to vote.



* Richard J. Daley, the mayor of [[TheWindyCity Chicago]] from April 20, 1955 up to his death in December 20, 1976, is the TropeNamer.

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* Richard J. Daley, the mayor of [[TheWindyCity Chicago]] UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} from April 20, 1955 up to his death in December 20, 1976, is the TropeNamer.
6th Jun '17 2:08:10 PM JujuP
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* The 1948 election for the assembly of French Algeria was so rigged against the nationalists the term ''élection algérienne'' became a byword for "electoral fraud."
* The 1970 presidential elections of the UsefulNotes/DemocraticRepublicOfTheCongo had a turnout of ''100.3%'', meaning there were more votes than registered voters.
4th Jun '17 10:59:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' where Sideshow Bob wins the mayoral election through votes cast by those in the cemetery, including the pet cemetery. Finding Snowball I's vote for Bob prompts Lisa to say that this time, ItsPersonal.
-->'''Bart''': Hey! Uh, he did try to kill me!
** It should be noted that the episode strongly implied that [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat he would have won against Quimby anyway]]; both Homer and Krusty had cast their votes for Bob and polls were overwhelming in his favor.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' where ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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Sideshow Bob wins the mayoral election through votes cast by those in the cemetery, including the pet cemetery. Finding Snowball I's vote for Bob prompts Lisa to say that this time, ItsPersonal.
-->'''Bart''': Hey! Uh, he did try to kill me!
** It should be noted that the
ItsPersonal. The episode strongly implied that [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat he would have won against Quimby anyway]]; both Homer and Krusty had cast their votes for Bob and polls were overwhelming in his favor.



** Also inverted once: When Homer's high school principal discovered that Homer won the election, he had Lenny and Carl hide the ballot box containing the actual amount of votes because he didn't want Homer to win.
*** The reason that he didn't want Homer to win was because he'd heard some of the popular students planning to vote for Homer to be Prom King, then laugh at him when he got up on stage. He faked the result against Homer to save the guy from the humiliation. Unfortunately, this backfires as it's shown that if Homer had been declared the winner, he'd gain the support of his fellow high school, become the most popular kid in school (while still ending up with Marge, but also be on Patty and Selma's good side), and be on the fast track to a great life...without Bart, Lisa, and Maggie though since there would be no AccidentalPregnancy.

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** Also inverted once: When Homer's high school principal discovered that Homer won the election, he had Lenny and Carl hide the ballot box containing the actual amount of votes because he didn't want Homer to win.
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win. The reason that he didn't want Homer to win was because he'd heard some of the popular students planning to vote for Homer to be Prom King, then laugh at him when he got up on stage. He faked the result against Homer to save the guy from the humiliation. Unfortunately, this backfires as it's shown that if Homer had been declared the winner, he'd gain the support of his fellow high school, become the most popular kid in school (while still ending up with Marge, but also be on Patty and Selma's good side), and be on the fast track to a great life...without Bart, Lisa, and Maggie though since there would be no AccidentalPregnancy.
3rd Jun '17 6:52:56 PM Willbyr
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12th Apr '17 6:42:03 PM luiz4200
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* ''Film/YogiBearAndTheMagicalFlightOfTheSpruceGoose'': When the heroes vote over rescuing Dread Baron and Mumbly or [[RefuseToRescueTheDisliked not]], each side gets 8 votes in spite of there being only 10 voters.
1st Feb '17 10:36:51 AM hszmv1
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** Another factor in online voting is that it is easy to set up bots and scripts to vote for one entry over the other. Turning back to politics, this is why most real polling institutions in the United States do not conduct polls over the internet. On the flip side, during the 2016 campaign, many media networks ran polls on the opinion of Trump and Clinton's performances during the debates. When Trump was coming in at a lead as opposed to Clinton, many pro-Clinton media personalities dismissed this as Pro-Trump staff taking advantage of these problems in online polling to inflate his numbers. [[RealityEnsues They were then completely confused when Trump was elected President.]]
9th Nov '16 7:11:16 PM bwburke94
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* The Creator/DonaldTrump presidential campaign of 2016 has made a point of suggesting these sorts of shenanigans are likely in the 2016 presidential campaign. Due to the RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement, it's probably best to leave it at that and not say anything more.
23rd Oct '16 8:19:20 PM JMQwilleran
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* The Creator/DonaldTrump presidential campaign of 2016 has made a point of suggesting these sorts of shenanigans are likely in the 2016 presidential campaign. Due to the RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement, it's probably best to leave it at that and not say anything more.
22nd Oct '16 4:45:58 AM Morgenthaler
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22nd Oct '16 4:45:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* Mentioned in ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' where the drunken Irish (mouse) Mayor of New York City attends the funeral of another mouse and notes that he was too young to vote, "But he'll vote from now on" and puts his name in a book of "ghost voters". Considering that said mouse ("[[BlatantLies Honest]]" John) was a pretty obvious reference to the Tammany Hall political machine, it makes perfect sense.

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* Mentioned in ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' where the drunken Irish (mouse) Mayor of New York City attends the funeral of another mouse and notes that he was too young to vote, "But he'll vote from now on" and puts his name in a book of "ghost voters".
** Considering that said mouse ("[[BlatantLies Honest]]" John) was a pretty obvious reference to the Tammany Hall political machine, it makes perfect sense.
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