That story about a woman whose vote was a tie-breaker? Totally a Popeye cartoon.

(Video link) A local election in Cincinnato, Ohio came down to one vote from one person who thought it just wouldn't matter. But as it turns out, that person was the wife of Robert McDonald, who was running for a city council position -- and the race ended up tied. Katie McDonald just couldn't make it to the polls on Tuesday, and now the election will be decided with a coin toss.

Except for the coin toss, this was basically the premise for a 1956 episode of Popeye the Sailor, "Popeye For President," in which Miss Olive Oyl was too busy doing household chores to go cast her own tie-breaking vote for either Popeye (I-Spinach Party) or Bluto (I-Blutocratic Party). What's great about this vintage cartoon is not just the message about the importance of voting, but all the jokes that can be made about two "politicians" offering potential voters "stuff" and doing actual physical labor for the single woman vote.

(via My Vintage Generation)


13 Responses to “That story about a woman whose vote was a tie-breaker? Totally a Popeye cartoon.”

  1. Just to clarify, the election in question was in Walton, Kentucky, not Cincinnati. (I kind of freaked out there for a minute because I didn’t recall voting in any council races in Cincinnati.)

  2. t3kna2007 says:

    Dig the well before you’re thirsty …

  3. IamInnocent says:

    Selling one’s vote may be the only we have left of making the candidates hold their word…

  4. Mister44 says:

    I LOVE the old Popeye cartoons – especially the black and white ones. Toot toot!

  5. Antinous / Moderator says:

    How about just disqualifying the candidate whose spouse can’t be bothered to vote?

    • franko says:

      the way i heard it, it wasn’t that she couldnt’ be bothered, it was that she had a full schedule that day and simply didn’t make it to the polls on time, and the early voting period was shorter this year.

    • emcomments says:

      How about disqualifying people from “Running a Blog in a Public Place” who think marriage means you can control what your spouse does?

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        Why? They all parade them around like prize pigs at the fair, implying that they’re assets to the campaign and the administration.

  6. Metostopholes says:

    Ha! “the single woman vote”… get it?

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