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28th Jul '16 5:10:45 AM Adept
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** ''Series/AmericanIdol'' is one of the most common targets of this in the US, especially due to the fact that people are indeed allowed to vote as many times as they want. A number of people have exploited this by employing "robo-calls" and "power-texting" to make thousands of votes -- completely legal under ''AI'' rules, and often balanced out by different robo-callers voting for different contestants. What pushes the show into this trope, however, is a series of controversies over the fairness of the voting, most notably an incident in the season 8 finale involving AT&T (one of ''AI'''s sponsors) that may have cost AdamLambert the victory. See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_American_Idol_controversies here]] for more.

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** ''Series/AmericanIdol'' is one of the most common targets of this in the US, especially due to the fact that people are indeed allowed to vote as many times as they want. A number of people have exploited this by employing "robo-calls" and "power-texting" to make thousands of votes -- completely legal under ''AI'' rules, and often balanced out by different robo-callers voting for different contestants. What pushes the show into this trope, however, is a series of controversies over the fairness of the voting, most notably an incident in the season 8 finale involving AT&T (one of ''AI'''s sponsors) that may have cost AdamLambert Music/AdamLambert the victory. See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_American_Idol_controversies here]] for more.
14th Jul '16 12:36:46 AM PaulA
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* In 2006, Creator/StephenColbert (or rather, his [[AlterEgo equivalent]] on ''Series/TheColbertReport'' reported that Hungary was holding an online naming poll for a new bridge, for which the then-leading entry was the "Chuck Norris bridge". He then proceeded to suggest that his fans should stuff the ballot box with "Stephen Colbert bridge". HilarityEnsued when it [[GoneHorriblyRight Went Horribly Right]] and "Stephen Colbert bridge" won with over 17 million votes - about 7 million more than the entire population of Hungary.

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* In 2006, Creator/StephenColbert (or rather, his [[AlterEgo equivalent]] alter ego on ''Series/TheColbertReport'' ''Series/TheColbertReport'') reported that Hungary was holding an online naming poll for a new bridge, for which the then-leading entry was the "Chuck Norris bridge". He then proceeded to suggest that his fans should stuff the ballot box with "Stephen Colbert bridge". HilarityEnsued when it [[GoneHorriblyRight Went Horribly Right]] and "Stephen Colbert bridge" won with over 17 million votes - -- about 7 million more than the entire population of Hungary.
7th Apr '16 1:03:35 PM FordPrefect
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* There are strong suspicions Italy is now a republic because of republicans rigging the referendum to choose between monarchy and republic (polls showed monarchists winning by a small margin, and the government proclaimed a republic ''before'' the official results were announced. Also, pressure and threats on monarchists from both extremist leftists and die-hard fascists was confirmed), enough that king Umberto II could have conceivably tried to stay in power had he not preferred avoiding the likely civil war had he done so (and in fact his last acts as king helped ''defusing'' the civil war that was about to start anyway).

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* There are strong suspicions Italy is now a republic because of republicans rigging the referendum to choose between monarchy and republic (polls showed monarchists winning by a small margin, and the government proclaimed a republic ''before'' the official results were announced. Also, pressure and threats on monarchists from both extremist leftists and die-hard fascists was confirmed), enough that king Umberto II could have conceivably tried to stay in power had he not preferred avoiding the likely civil war had he done so (and in fact his last acts as king helped ''defusing'' ''defuse'' the civil war that was about to start anyway).
12th Mar '16 11:27:28 AM nombretomado
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* An episode of DiC's ''CareBears'' has Professor Coldheart employing this tactic to win the Mayor-for-a-Day election, promising [[AnarchyIsChaos "a holiday for rules"]].

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* An episode of DiC's ''CareBears'' [=DiC=]'s ''WesternAnimation/{{Care Bears|1980s}}'' has Professor Coldheart employing this tactic to win the Mayor-for-a-Day election, promising [[AnarchyIsChaos "a holiday for rules"]].
25th Nov '15 1:39:13 PM MarkLungo
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-->-- '''Richard J. Daley''', former mayor of [[TheWindyCity Chicago]]

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-->-- '''Richard J. Daley''', former mayor of [[TheWindyCity Chicago]]
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* In 2006, [[Series/TheColbertReport Stephen Colbert]] reported that Hungary was holding an online naming poll for a new bridge, for which the then-leading entry was the "Chuck Norris bridge". He then proceeded to suggest that his fans should stuff the ballot box with "Stephen Colbert bridge". HilarityEnsued when it [[GoneHorriblyRight Went Horribly Right]] and "Stephen Colbert bridge" won with over 17 million votes - about 7 million more than the entire population of Hungary.

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* In 2006, [[Series/TheColbertReport Stephen Colbert]] Creator/StephenColbert (or rather, his [[AlterEgo equivalent]] on ''Series/TheColbertReport'' reported that Hungary was holding an online naming poll for a new bridge, for which the then-leading entry was the "Chuck Norris bridge". He then proceeded to suggest that his fans should stuff the ballot box with "Stephen Colbert bridge". HilarityEnsued when it [[GoneHorriblyRight Went Horribly Right]] and "Stephen Colbert bridge" won with over 17 million votes - about 7 million more than the entire population of Hungary.
13th Nov '15 8:56:37 AM FF32
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* In one episode of ''{{Blackadder}} the Third'', Blackadder filled in for the single voter of a rotten borough and apparently placed several thousand votes for Baldrick.

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* In one episode of ''{{Blackadder}} ''Series/{{Blackadder}} the Third'', Blackadder filled in for the single voter of a rotten borough and apparently placed several thousand votes for Baldrick.
10th Nov '15 6:02:18 PM nombretomado
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* UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy's close victory over RichardNixon in the 1960 Presidential election was discovered to have ridden on some of this, most famously with the dead coming back to vote in Chicago. However, Nixon decided to allow him to win anyways, partly to show himself as a GracefulLoser and partly because the Republicans had also engaged in ballot-stuffing (which would've been revealed if they'd gone after the disputed votes for Kennedy).[[note]]The aforementioned Mayor Daley of Chicago [[http://www.snopes.com/history/govern/onevote.asp commented that]] "one of their precincts, outside of Peoria, where there are only 50 voters, just announced 500 votes for Nixon."[[/note]]

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* UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy's close victory over RichardNixon UsefulNotes/RichardNixon in the 1960 Presidential election was discovered to have ridden on some of this, most famously with the dead coming back to vote in Chicago. However, Nixon decided to allow him to win anyways, partly to show himself as a GracefulLoser and partly because the Republicans had also engaged in ballot-stuffing (which would've been revealed if they'd gone after the disputed votes for Kennedy).[[note]]The aforementioned Mayor Daley of Chicago [[http://www.snopes.com/history/govern/onevote.asp commented that]] "one of their precincts, outside of Peoria, where there are only 50 voters, just announced 500 votes for Nixon."[[/note]]
10th Nov '15 6:02:04 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', Salem mentions that he helped [[RichardNixon Nixon]] get elected:

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* In ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', Salem mentions that he helped [[RichardNixon [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Nixon]] get elected:
4th Nov '15 8:36:29 AM Prfnoff
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* The election night newsreel in ''Theatre/OfTheeISing'' shows John P. Wintergreen casting multiple ballots for himself. When he needs only four more votes to win, he casts all of them. No wonder his defeated opponent charges him with voter fraud in 7 states.

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* The election night newsreel in ''Theatre/OfTheeISing'' shows John P. Wintergreen casting multiple ballots for himself. himself at more than one polling place. When he needs only four more votes to win, he casts all four of them. No It's no wonder that his (unnamed) defeated opponent charges him with voter fraud in 7 seven states.
1st Nov '15 1:28:50 PM Eddy1215
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* Inverted in the first ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' movie where it's shown that the reason Al Gore lost the 2000 election was because Bender, [[ItsALongStory in his hunt for Fry]], blew up the box containing all his votes.
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