Vote for nobody

Justin justin-cypherpunks at
Mon Sep 6 09:57:18 PDT 2004

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On 2004-09-06T06:22:29-0700, Sarad AV wrote:
> the election commision of india had a proposal to the
> govt. that the voter should be able to vote for 'none
> of the above'. Though one can predict that such a
> proposal will never be approved by the government, it
> makes a lot of sense. Is any other democratic country
> seriously thinking of implementing such an option?

If someone would vote for "none of the above" rather than write in
his/her ideal candidate, that someone is a lazy oaf.  Everyone who
writes in a candidate is voting "none of the above."

The 50% of the U.S. population which doesn't vote is also voting "none
of the above" in a way.  There's a difference in that some non-voters
may slightly prefer one candidate over another, but _assuming that
everyone has an ideal candidate_ they'd be willing to go to the polls
for, not voting is the same as saying all the candidates are
significantly less than the ideal.

- -- 
"When in our age we hear these words: It will be judged by the result--then we
know at once with whom we have the honor of speaking.  Those who talk this way
are a numerous type whom I shall designate under the common name of assistant
professors."  -- Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling (Wong tr.), III, 112

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