Thursday, January 03, 2008

Vote for "None of the above"

It has often been said that ballots need a "None of the above" box. Perhaps doing a write-in for "None of the above" is one way to get that point across.

If a whole lot of people do it, it won't just be a throwaway vote, it will become a real story and has the advantage of not being seen as "voter apathy." Then, when the votes are counted and the candidates' percentages are tallied, an anomaly will show up as a lower percentage of total votes than if voters opt for deliberate non-participation.

For example, suppose there are 5 people who will vote and 5 who deliberately don't vote. Then, suppose you get a 3/2 split between the voters. That's 60 and 40 percent, respectively, of the total votes. But if the 5 non-voters do a write-in for "None of the above", then the totals completely change with the candidates receiving only 30 and 20 percent, respectively, and "none of the above" receiving 50 percent of the total vote.

I can then safely say I have done my civic duty in more ways than one.