Wacky Election Facts

In 1927, Liberia’s Charles D.B. King won re-election to the presidency with 234,000 votes. The problem was Liberia only had 15,000 registered voters at the time. A few years later, the president was forced out of office for using slave labor to build roads and public works.

After seizing power in 1979, Saddam Hussein held a presidential referendum in 1995, asking people if they approve of him being the president of the republic of Iraq. Turnout for the compulsory election was 99.99%, with only a few dozen “no” votes cast.

In 1967, the mayoral election in Picoaza, Ecuador was won by a brand of anti-chafing foot powder. The foot powder, Pulvapies, ran advertisements claiming it would bring hygiene and well-being to the 4,000 people in the town. The campaign worked, as apparently having no human worthy of holding the office, the people wrote in the powder, and it won.

Despite losing to World War I general Paul von Hindenburg in the 1932 German presidential election, Adolf Hitler was named Chancellor in January 1933. When Hindenburg died a year later, Hitler succeeded him as President and then promptly abolished the office. In an election held to create the position of Fuhrer, 88% of Germans voted yes.

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