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Here, I'll take you to Dave! Just be sure to call him Mister President Daddy. He likes that!Mary

Election Day is an unmarked quest in Fallout 3.


Dave is running for President of The Republic of Dave again and needs your help.

Quick walkthrough

Unmarked Quest: Election Day
Talk with Dave.
Tell Jessica, Shawna, Rosie, and Bob to vote.
Convince Rosie or Bob to vote for themselves.
Let the election run smoothly.
Rig the ballot box for a candidate of your choosing.
Tell Dave the votes are ready to be counted.
Listen to the result.
Reward: Ol' Painless or
25 caps

Detailed walkthrough

Dave asks you to talk to the other four adults of his land (Jessica, Shawna, Rosie, and Bob) to get them to vote. Once you have talked to them, go back to Dave and receive your reward.

  • You have a choice while telling the adults to vote. It is possible to persuade Rosie and Bob to run against Dave in the election. Doing so would net them each one vote (if they haven't voted yet). Under normal circumstances they would only receive one vote, presumably their own. The only way to get Rosie or Bob to win is to steal the other ballots for Dave out of the box before he counts them all.

After you have told Dave all the votes are in, he will go to the ballot box.

  • If the votes left in the box have Dave in the majority or in a tie with anybody else, he will declare himself the winner of the election and the quest will end.
  • Be careful to leave at least one vote in the box, since taking all the votes may trigger an odd glitch where Dave gives the same speech as he would if he'd lost, where he says he's leaving, but all other in-game effects are as though Dave won (Dave returns to his office, and you have a dialogue option to console the 'losing' candidate).
  • If you are quick enough open the ballot box right after Dave unlocks it, steal all the votes, but leave one vote for the candidate of your choosing. Dave will count the votes and declare whomever you left a vote for as the winner. If you speak to the victor he or she will give you the code to Dave's safe. Dave will get angry and storm out of the Republic. If you talk to Dave as he leaves he will tell you that he is going to Old Olney to liberate it from the wasteland and create a new Republic. Due to the deathclaw infestation in Old Olney, you can usually find Dave dead on the streets somewhere. You can opt to follow him to Old Olney and kill any robots, bloatflies and deathclaws you encounter. He will finally park himself in an alleyway and say "This is the New Republic of Dave. Go away." After being talked to three times, he will attack you. However, if Dave attacks you and you subsequently kill him, the residents of The Republic of Dave become hostile and will attack you when you return.


  • 25 caps, upon telling Dave to count the votes.
  • If Dave lost the election: The loot from Dave's safe, including the unique rifle Ol' Painless. You are given the access code to the safe by the winner of the election. To obtain Dave's safe key if Dave won the election, you can kill Dave, pickpocket him, or pass a Speech check during the quest You Gotta Shoot 'Em in the Head.
  • A bug causes looting the safe to always be considered thievery and grants negative Karma. Wait for nightfall, Dave to count the ballots, or for Dave to leave after losing the election to loot the safe without witnesses.


  • You may use this quest as a method to complete the You Gotta Shoot 'Em in the Head quest with more stealth and avoid the residents being turned hostile (assuming you don't have any interest in talking Dave into giving up his key). To use this method, make Dave lose the election and when he leaves for Old Olney you need to follow him a fair distance away from the Republic of Dave, so the residents don't witness the murder, almost all the way to Old Olney, meanwhile protecting him from being killed by deathclaws, giant radscorpions and the like. You can then kill him, without killing or being shot at by the Republic of Dave residents.
  • If someone other than Dave wins the election, the farm will still be called "The Republic of Dave."
  • The code to Dave's safe, 1138, is a nod to George Lucas' first movie, THX 1138.
  • If you escort Dave to Old Olney, he will simply sit in the area with the two side-by-side dumpsters, First Aid Box, ammunition box, and large Radiation King poster. Talking to him once results in him saying "This is the new Republic of Dave. Go away." Talking to him again results in him threatening you. Talking to him again turns him hostile.
  • If the Lone Wanderer talks themself into a roadblock with Shawna, it is impossible to finish the election.


  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 The voting might go on without the quest being activated. The few things you can do when this happens is to load a save file, pickpocket Dave, or kill him. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Under unknown circumstances, Dave will treat the filing cabinets to his right as the ballot box. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 One of the non-player characters can go to the ballot box, and stand there doing nothing, making it impossible to finish the quest. Reloading a previous auto-save might solve the problem, however if the NPC went to vote from inside the voting building, you may need to reload a save from before you and they entered. If this happens, reload a save from before, and as you tell each person to vote follow them and make sure they go through with it. Then ask them to vote again and they will confirm that they already have. [verified]
    • PCPC You can also select the stopped non-player character in the console and type disable followed by enable. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 If Bob is killed (by radscorpions etc., following you into the compound) this will break the quest as Dave is still waiting for his vote, and you cannot tell him Bob is dead. [verified]
  • PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes, when in the ballot box you leave one vote for Dave, Rosie and Bob, Dave will give a speech saying that Rosie or Bob have won and he will say that he is leaving. However, he does not leave and talking with Rosie and Bob will result in a speech option of "Better luck next year˝. [verified]
  • PCPC If Dave is killed in a non hostile way then resurrected, he will answer that "Dave is dead, how can there be an election," just as the others will. [verified]