According to the Associated Press, last year, a 3-year-old boy named Robert “Bobby” Tufts won Dorset’s mayoral “election.”
Now at age 4, Tufts has spent nearly a quarter of his life in public office.
The only thing dumber than having a kid who’s barely out of diapers as your mayor is the way Dorset elected him. “Every year the town draws a name during its Taste of Dorset Festival, and the winner gets to be mayor,” the article reports. “Anyone can vote as many times as they like — for $1 a vote — at any of the ballot boxes in stores around town.”
Yes, this small town (population between 22 – 28) chooses its mayor by random drawing. Turns out buying votes in Dorset isn’t a problem because that’s the system — a lottery system. It’s almost as crazy as deciding an election with a hand of poker… which has also happened, albeit in New Mexico.
But maybe Dorset is onto something? Studies show that in the U.S., the candidate with the most money wins the vast majority of the time. Why not just streamline the process? Big corporations buy as many votes for whoever they want, and then instead of herding us all into voting booths on Election Day, we just have some a-hole pick a name out of a hat. We can spend the Tuesday after the first Monday in November drinking and still end up with a president that seems to have none of our best interests in mind.
Now that I think about it, I really hope Bobby Tufts draws his own name for reelection this year. He’s really opened my eyes to things!