Inspired by TheMadScientist and other voting polls. Should "None Of The Above" be automatically put as an option on the ballot on all elections?
Is asking the exact question someone else asked really inspired by them?
TMS didn't ask this question as far as I know. TMS made a comment about watching the movie Brewster's Millions (which I have seen). In the movie, Brewster ran for Mayor of NYC while adding None of the Above to the ballot.
Sure I guess. But if selecting that option is your intention, why bother voting? You're throwing away your vote
It could be the choice of the disenfranchised voter.
Add it to the ballot. Even if it is nonbinding, I think it would send a message to the politicians to know if they won an election while losing to None Of The Above.
I don't see the point. You can accomplish the same thing by leaving your ballot blank, if so inclined.
Blank ballots aren't tallied to my knowledge.
Ok, I was thinking of the poll about Obama's suggestion of mandatory voting. I guess that wasn't the spirit of your question. I still think a 'none of the above' option is redundant. Also, how can a vote be 'non-binding'? That's contradictory.
By non-binding, I mean that None Of The Above won't win the election even if it "wins" the election.
Technically, if 'none of the above' wins, that means we need a new election. None of the presented candidates are acceptable to the electorate. I'm a literalist. That's how I would read it. If it was added to the ballot and won, but a candidate ...
... on the ballot took office anyway, I would feel that was fraudulent.
I think you are seeing it simply as a protest vote. There are far better ways of protesting, in my opinion. The 'none of the above' vote appears passive aggressive to me.
That's just how I see it, though.
56% disagree with me.
It is a type of protest vote. I just think that it may "force" a politician to work harder to win votes by properly representing the people if he/she knows that more people wouldn't want to see him/her in office than actually voted to elect them.
No, I really don't think it would have that effect. As long as it is non-binding, (that is, as long as it doesn't force a new election with new candidates), the politician won't care.
Do you want to make another poll, with that specific question? I'm curious.
Sure. I'll post it later this morning.
I just posted 2 polls.