Option C: None of the Above

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    I'm curious...I know this sounds a bit extreme. But I would really really like to see something (of this form) end up becoming a reality.

    I would like to see a "None of the Above" choice on the ballot for presidential elections. I wonder if anything could ever, ever, (possibly) become a reality if given a chance at capitol hill?

    My reasoning behind this comes from my disgust of candidates. It seems that during the last few presidential races, we've been voting for the "lesser of two evils" and it blows my mind that out of 300 million Americans, we can't come up with better candidates than this. Hypothetically, if a majority of Americans were to actually vote: "None of the Above" then that would absolutely prove that American's don't like their choices, and would force candidates to be honest, run clean campaigns, and actually appeal to the American people.

    I know this sounds crazy and feel free to call me so, however, I really feel like two choices along with our corrupt political election process is damaging the U.S. in the long-run.
     
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    You can vote for none of the above easy enough simply by not voting. In fact None of he above gets the most votes in every election since most Americans just don't vote. Personally I think it is stupid. At the very least go right somebody in :)
     
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    Um, if the majority voted for none of the above, would that mean the current pres would stay in office?
     
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    Actually Richard Pryor would become president....LOL

    Ever watched Brewster's Millions?
     
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    Well, what I mean, is that people really don't get "a voice" if they don't vote. If you don't like either of the candidates and don't vote, then it doesn't matter, they just count the votes that were cast, so really, you not voting just means you've spent opportunity to say who you'd like to run the country. With an extra choice of "none of the above" more Americans, who don't like the candidates, could go to the poll and still have a say....and if a majority votes for "none of the above" then that really means they don't want either of the candidates, and we'll be forced to come up with two better ones. If one candidate gets a majority of the votes even with the "none of the above" option, then the candidate would overwhelmingly win...IMO
     
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    I think it is Canada that has it so you can vote, and then check and option to cancel your vote. Not sure what that proves but hey, it is Canada after all :)

    As far as voting None of the above and then choosing 2 new candidates, isn't that kinda what the primaries are for?
     
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    Well, I don't have the kinks worked out yet, LOL, but you could do a number of things...you could have someone specifically elected during the primary season to take the position temporarily in the event that no candidate was selected, there are probably a number of different things that could be done, I just haven''t thought of it yet.

    I'm just curious what you guys thing of the option, do you think it could work or be a good thing? Or do you think it's not necessary and spells disaster? Could this, with the correct application, work?
     
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    No, I should if he's in it. The guy cracks me up.
     
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    Yeah, but there's still only a few candidates that end up on the ballot...I know the system is supposed to be fair, however, the electoral college, super-delegate system, and the differences in state-division of delegates, really hinders a fair election and makes it more difficult for people to actually have a say in things.
     
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    Personally, I think a "real" president would be better than a substitute. But anything that keeps Bush in office for an extra second would totally make me cry.
     

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