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    • This is only a philosophical and theoretical post. The actual details of the election news that prompted my ponderings is irrelevant to the musings which it has initiated in my mind.

      What to make of the news that a dead man won an election to the Nevada legislature? I don't know. There may be something to this story of which I am unaware.

      But I wonder what percentage of voters cast their votes for a dead man in order to repudiate the other candidate.

      For what its worth, I do not know what party the dead man was nor do I know who his opponent was. I could easily find out but I really don't care about those details.

      How many Americans would like to see the option of voting for "None of the above" during the general election? How many Americans who choose to not vote during a specific election, would vote if they were allowed to repudiate all the candidates in a given race?

    • Given that Americans don't have to vote, they can vote 'None of the above' by simply staying away. Which is, in my mind, a complete repudiation of the right to vote that Americans are so fond of saying their ancestors fought and died for.

      In my mind, a right demanded is worthless if you don't exercise it.

      Here we have to vote and the way we say 'None of the above' is to in some way invalidate the vote either by writing in a preferred extra candidate, by not choosing any candidate(s) and just handing the voting paper in, or by drawing a generally inappropriate human male body part on the paper somewhere whether the rest has been filled in properly or not. You could always write 'None of the above' somewhere on the paper too. These are generally called 'Donkey votes' and are included in the overall numbers at the end of the election.

      You can tell when people don't like any of the candidates or their parties - the number of Donkey votes goes up. 🙄