ANYONE who thinks their local politician doesn't do much should spare a thought for voters in Florida and Alabama, who elected two dead politicians in this week's US elections.Earl K Wood, a Democrat standing in Florida, and Alabama Republican Charles Beasley both recorded convincing victories, despite the fact that they died weeks before the polls took place. Mr Wood, campaigning to be reinstated as Orange County Tax Collector in Orlando, Florida, died aged 96 of natural causes on October 15.Despite being criticised for never coming into his office but collecting a large salary, he still managed to secure 56 per cent of votes against his very-much-alive Republican opponent.Standing for election in central Alabama, Mr Beasley, 77, was trying to reclaim his old seat on the Bibb County Commission when he died of a suspected aneurysm on October 12.Mr Beasley received a convincing majority of votes against Democrat opponent Walter Sansing. Mr Sansing said: 'It is a touchy situation. When you are running against a dead man, you are limited as to what you can say.'Democratic state legislator Scott Randolph will take over from Mr Wood in Orlando, and Alabama's governor will name a new commissioner to take over from the late Mr Beasley.           –GN