Origins: Elections are supposed to be solemn affairs, the occasions when citizens in democracies exercise
Still, in the "unusual elections" category, it's hard to top a contest won not by a human being
We couldn't really add much more to the story than to reproduce how news dispatches of the time reported it:
QUITO, Ecuador, July 17 — Controversy is raging here because a foot powder named Pulvapies was elected mayor of a town of 4000.
A foot deodorant firm decided during recent municipal election campaigns to use the slogan: "Vote for any candidate, but if you want well-being and hygiene, vote for Pulvapies."
On the eve of the election, the company distributed a leaflet the same size and color as official voting papers, saying: "For Mayor: Honorable Pulvapies."
When the votes were counted, the coastal town of Picoaza had elected Pulvapies mayor, and voters in other municipalities had marked their ballots for it.
The national electoral tribunal now is grappling with the problem, and dozens of defeated candidates are threatening to sue the pharmaceutical company.
Did you happen to read that story from Ecuador? Seems that they sell a foot powder down there called Pulvapies and recently, during a local election campaign, advertisements appeared that said "Vote for any candidate, but if you want well-being and hygiene, vote for Pulvapies." When the ballots were counted, the foot powder had been elected Mayor by a clear majority.
Tomorrow is Election Day. Don't write us in. But before or after voting come and see some of the candidates we've lined up for your fall and winter enjoyment. We shopped the great men's shops of Europe and here are the results
For that matter, why wait? We're up for election every day.
Reuters. "Foot Powder Wins Election Hands Down." The Washington Post. 18 July 1967 (p. A13). Reuters. "Foot Powder Produces Headaches in Ecuador." The New York Times. 18 July 1967 (p. 39). Display advertisement. "Your Vote Sir." The New York Times. 6 November 1967 (p. 39).