Dead Man Wins Election in Florida

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Earl K. Wood sure as hell didn't let a little thing like his own death stop him from winning an election one final time. 

He was first elected as Orange County as Tax Collector in 1964 and held the seat up until his death on October 15th. At 96-years-old, Wood, a Democrat, had originally planned to forgo reelection this year, but when his old political foe, former Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty, decided to jump in the race, Wood reversed course and decided to run one final time.

Crotty never entered the race, but eventual Republican candidate Republican Jim Huckeba ran on a platform that would have eliminated the job as an elected office in the first place.

Despite being dead, Wood beat Huckeba with a comfortable 56 to 44 margin.

Of course, the local Democratic party already has a contingency plan. Though Wood's name remained on the ballot, the party had selected Scott Randolph, an outgoing state legislator, to replace him as their candidate. All of Wood's votes counted for Randolph.

Wood had become somewhat controversial in recent years. He relied on a wheelchair, and was criticized for hardly ever coming into his office despite collecting his $150,000 salary and $90,000 pension.

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11 comments
Stephen Scott
Stephen Scott

All the Florida election officials should be FUCKING FIRED. What a bunch of incompetent assholes.

Elliot C Boose
Elliot C Boose

Billionaire Republican governor of Florida Rick Scott spend your money to fix your voting machines.....nevermind, I know by the next election in 2016 everyone will be able to vote on the internet (my idea for past two years on FB).

Erica Ngbeken
Erica Ngbeken

gosh, if u lose to a dead guy, what does that say about you?@

Brandon Young
Brandon Young

lol. Does the guy that got 2nd automatically win? A thing like death should disqualify you and nullify your votes, right?

Kzm Ufc
Kzm Ufc

Not long before he "walks" into the office to fulfill his duty.

Sergio Carmona
Sergio Carmona

Hey, at least a dead guy can't screw you over, unlike living politicans, lol

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