Elected to office with 0 votes. Its being done in Indiana

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    A new law that was passed this spring removes unopposed candidates names from election ballots in Indiana and thereby assures them of election to office with 0 votes. The mayor of Lafayette is one such candidate. Even if someone wants to be a write in candidate the deadline has already been passed to do that. This is another example of the government complicating the election process and turning voters off.

    What ever happened to allowing people to just write in a name of someone they wanted on election day? Why all the bureaucratic bull? I guess they need to make all these rules just to justify their jobs and to keep the "in crowd" in office.

    So I guess a US senator running un-opposed would even get elected with 0 votes. And a Presidential candidate that had no opponent on the ballot in Indiana would be required to have his name removed from the ballot. He would still get votes though, electoral votes. Crazy stuff.

    New ballot has no place for one-person race | Journal and Courier | jconline.com
     
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    yep.

    An easy thing...voting...

    But once again, Govcernment makes it more complicated than it has to be.
     
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    So the individual is going to run unopposed, the deadline for candidate filing and for write in candidate filing has passed, but you still want to pay to have the individual put on the sample ballot and the official ballot? You know that ADDS to the printing cost of those items right?

    This will save MONEY!!!!
     
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    You seriously think it costs extra to add a single name to a ballot? Really?

    They don't charge by the name. All kinds of things go into the cost of a printed ballot, but the number of candidates 'on' the ballot is not one of them.
    OpEdNews - Article: Facts About Ballot Printing Costs

    FAIL.
     
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    One name can be the difference between a one card or a two card ballot. One candidate statement can add an additional page to the sample ballot pamphlet. I happen to be speaking from first hand experience.

    What is the point of having only one person printed on the ballot if there are no certified write in candidates?
     
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    I think it's an effective way of extending the status quo without the cost of an election, the outcome of which is already foreordained. Having it happen to them, the opposition has another two or four years to get their act together. That happens in Lafayette In, and here In Bloomington, the seat of IU, the R party is so weak that you can't recruit anyone to run against the incumbent. Still other offices, are in the race, and elections are held, so we don't have that exact situation.
     
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    It just makes no sense to put someone on the ballot that is running unopposed. Write in candidates only count and get counted if they are certified write in candidates.

    In some elections, that could add many more than one name to a ballot.
     
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    Didn't we have a guy who became President of the US once who never received a single vote?
     
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    Earlier this year we had some candidates in the primary drop out about a month or so before the vote. After that there were no contested races but they held the Primary election anyway. Should they have just eliminated the vote?

    By the way Ford did get votes. He got 92 votes in the Senate and 387 votes in the House to confirm him as Vice President.
     
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    No. Ford was elected to another Office. Further in order to become Vice President he was voted on by the Senate I believe.
     

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