Anyone who has seen Alexander Payne’s Election knows that Tracy Flick, the character played by Reese Witherspoon, is an awful, evil spawn from Satan and the fact that she’s ever put in any kind of position of power may prove that there is no god. But there is something very special and positive about the movie she’s in. From the outside the film may seem cynical and contemptuous of the electoral process, but in a strange way it also demonstrates that the system actually works.

It may be a controversial opinion, but Tracy is actually the only student in the high school election who should actually be running for the position, and somewhat deservedly wins. While she certainly isn’t without sin herself, her main opponent, the rube Paul Metzler (Chris Klein), is only in the race because Mr. McAllister (Matthew Broderick) convinced him to do it – he has no actual interest in being president. Likewise, Tammy Metzler (Jessica Campbell) only runs to spite her brother and ex-girlfriend. Despite these false candidates, Tracy still wins in the end – as the one true candidate – and even when Mr. McAllister makes an attempt at voter fraud his crime is uncovered. Election shows that the system is ultimately corruptible, but at the end democracy wins out.

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