What do you need to be voted into a State Assembly in America? Well, maybe we should look at what you don’t need…
It turns out, you don’t need a pulse, you don’t need to not be a pimp, and your voters don’t need to care that you are definitely both of these things.
That is if you’re in Nevada anyway, where voters just elected Dennis Hof to the State Assembly while knowing full well that he died three weeks ago.
Despite being deceased, and despite many signs being put up in the polling stations notifying voters of Hof’s death, the Republican candidate still managed to beat Democrat opponent Lesia Romanov.
Signs were put up are polling stations which read:
Notice of death of candidate 2018 general election […] please be advised that the following candidate is deceased:
Please note that the name of the deceased candidate is on the ballot and must remain on the ballot.
Without a replacement candidate being found in time, voters were still able to vote for Hof – which they did, considerably. Hof defeated his opponent by more than 7,000 votes, according to CNN.
According to state law, the county commissioners will select a fellow Republican to replace Hof and serve his two year term.
The Republican was well known in his state, not only for his politics but his profession as an owner and operator of a number of brothels. He was also a reality TV star, after appearing in the HBO ‘adult reality series’ Cathouse.
He was found dead on October 16, after a weekend of parties to celebrate his 72nd birthday, reports NBC.
Though the cause of death is still being determined, authorities do not suspect foul play. His body was found at one of his brothels by porn actor Ron Jeremy and one of the women who worked there.
Hof referred to himself as the ‘Trump from Pahrump’, in reference to the Nevada town he lived in. He had also released a book, called The Art of the Pimp, its title being a reference to Trump’s book The Art of the Deal.
It’s been an interesting few days in American politics. The recent mid-term elections have been treated by many as a referendum on the Trump administration, and have resulted in the Democrats taking control in the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years.
Senior Democrat Nancy Pelosi said her party would use its new position for the country as a whole, saying Americans have ‘had enough of division’.
The Republicans, meanwhile, have played down the Democrats’ success, with White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders saying ‘Maybe you get a ripple, but I certainly don’t think that there’s a blue wave.’ While Trump himself tweeted the night was a ‘tremendous success’.
The mid-terms have also seen a number of firsts in the country, including the first Muslim women – Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan – to be elected into the House, While in Colorado, Jared Polis became the first gay governor in the US.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.