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Minnesota Town Holds America’s Least Democratic Election

In this photo made Wednesday, June 26, 2013 in Nevis , Minn., Bobby Tufts, the 4-year-old mayor of Dorset, Minn., kisses a fish that his guide, Jason Durham, caught on Lake Belle Taine. The fish, the first was released. Bobby was only 3 when he won election last year as mayor of Dorset (population 22 to 28, depending on whether the minister and his family are in town). Dorset, which bills itself as the Restaurant Capital of the World, has no formal city government.
Mayor Tufts kissing a fish. Photo: Jeff Baenen/AP/Corbis

America’s democratic voting system boils down to three core concepts: Each person gets one vote, the candidate with the most votes wins, and that candidate is old enough to cross the street without holding mommy’s hand. None of these things took place in yesterday’s mayoral election for Dorset, Minnesota. The town’s twenty-something residents can vote as many times as they want, at a cost of $1 per vote. The ballots are placed in a plastic bin, and a blindfolded man picks one of them, raffle-style, to determine the town’s new mayor. This year, for the second year in a row, the mayor is Bobby Tufts, a 4-year-old boy. Is this what the colonists died for, Minnesota?

Minnesota Holds Nation’s Least Democratic Vote