Election is a 1999 American black comedy film directed by Alexander Payne from a screenplay by Payne and Jim Taylor, based on Tom Perrotta's 1998 novel of the same name.


Jim McAllister teaches U.S. history and civics at the fictitious Carver High School in suburban Omaha, Nebraska. Tracy Flick is an overachieving senior and one of Jim's students. Jim's colleague and best friend Dave lost his job and his wife after engaging in a sexual relationship with Tracy. While Jim felt Dave needed to suffer the consequences, he resents Tracy for having emerged unscathed.