Ties in Elections

Dale E Martin dmartin at cliftonlabs.com
Fri Feb 7 12:23:42 UTC 2003

> > "none of the above" is no option in this elections.  Is there any reason
> > it should have been?
> Well, I would say so, yes.  It gives people a way to explicitly protest
> the entire ballot, or mark the entire slate of candidates as
> unacceptable.
> Though I think it's not very likely that a person would actually vote
> that way in this particular election, I don't know how important that
> is.

I think of it in terms of "I like these three people, and I prefer 'none of
the above' to the other two".  As long as that's what not filling out the
entire ballot means I think we're OK.  A corner case of this would be
turning in a blank ballot (or one where 'none of the above' was the only

I don't want to start another huge discussion about voting mechanisms, but
I wanted to point out why "none of the above" could be a valid choice in
such an election.
Take care,
Dale E. Martin, Clifton Labs, Inc.
Senior Computer Engineer
dmartin at cliftonlabs.com
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