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    I love it. Politics sure could use a total makeover. Dump everyone from both parties and start over. Take people from academia, business, medicine, philanthropy, real environmentalists, and every other walk of life. Maybe even a small number of lawyers, as opposed to the plethora of lawyers/professional politicians that we have now. It's time to start over - this country is a divided mess.
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    Not only a "None of the Above" option, but I'd love to see ballots that don't list party affiliation after the candidates name as well.
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    @BobSmith I don't know......on Watters World the "inform" part is the key weakness Americans have about anything important.....
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    @Knightkore Yeah... maybe they would pick them by how cool their name sounded if there was no party affiliation given?
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    That gives the people a real voice. Many, many times I had wished for someway like that to express my disapproval of all the candidates. If you just don't vote that doesn't say why you don't vote. A "none of the above would say "I'm here, I'm participating, I just don't like the choices. Then politicians could see there are votes out there to get and maybe they would try.
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    A no vote such as this could create a new political motto, even if it is an old cliched phrase, that I think might ingrain itself into the American psyche called BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD.
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    Everyone should push for a no vote in their states if they really believe in democracy and aren't just talking a good game.
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    I moved from NY to Miami about 5 years ago, I have voted in about 8 assorted local, city elections and have voted against every incumbent regardless of party .

    Organized crime does not get my vote . Politicians who are in the slightest way above the law do not get my vote .
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    To the best of my knowledge, there's nothing that says you have to vote in every single race or issue on the ballot.

    Exaggerating in the interest of making a point: If your choice is between Hitler and Stalin, whichever of them gets the most votes is going to say that all these people were voting FOR him and what he stands for.

    What if, on the other hand, there was also a referendum on the ballot that got 10,000 votes one way or the other while Hitler got 124 votes and Stalin got 178. Stalin may "win" the election, but there's no way it can be spun as having gotten a mandate from the electorate. Next election rolls around you can bet there will be much better candidates running because they know that there's a big pool of voters who really didn't like the choices they had in the last one.
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    While the end result is still having the candidate with the most votes be the person on the ballot, it certainly is a good guage of voter sentiment.
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    Hell yeah.....should be offered on all ballots.....especially presidential races.....though an American Idol style presidential race would be interesting.....

    Get 100 candidates. Then by the end of the cycle get to the top ten and make them go through real time training crises and decisions.....once we see how each handles themselves we can pick.....the winner gets the presidency the runner up gets the vice presidency.....and no party affiliations.....
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    @Knightkore That's actually the best idea I've heard in a long while. It would make for excellent TV programming as well!
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    Imagine how much better off we'd be if you could vote for NOTA in any election, and if NOTA won, that seat would go vacant - one less corrupt politician to come up with ways to take our life, liberty, and property. I'd also want any registered voter who doesn't show up to vote to be automatically counted as a vote for NOTA since that would more accurately express the public's faith in the any of the candidates we typically get (i.e. little to none).
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    Interesting take, none of the above. I suspect the candidate who did get the nod because he was second doesn't stand much chance against the incumbent.
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    I'd say his political career is pretty much over. He's going to get trounced against the incumbent and his future looks even bleaker. Who's he going to run against, a urinal with a drain that looks like Joe Biden?
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    How about "None Of The Above" on federal ballots? Instead of choosing the lesser of two evils, "real candidates" would have to step forward. Just think what would happen during a Presidential race when all the candidates suck?
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    Illinois would end up with vacant seats a plenty because we know they all are corrupt. Seven million of the eleven million live in Crook county so we have a dim future ahead of us.
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    If "None of the Above" gets the most votes, the entire election should be scrapped and the process started again until WE THE PEOPLE get the candidates that WE ACTUALLY WANT!!
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    If you are disgusted by today's politicians, you do not have to vote for the lesser of two evils or stay home in despair. Protest by voting random write-ins, or "None of the Above" as in this case. When politicians see a massive block of independent voters with no partisan loyalty at the polls, they will begin to fear us.
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    Sorry about out of topic question but when did we allow the media and the GOP to rename our party from the Democratic Party to the Democrat Party?
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    Abolish the Party system, it leads to bad choices, because there are not enough choices. I am tired of voting for the better of two bad choices.
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    It would be great if the position was eliminated/unfilled. However, because the person who comes in 2nd fills that slot, it is a rather pointless option.
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    I have written in either, "None of the Above is Acceptable." or Mickey Mouse for the past few election cycles. For both state and Federal elections
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    and should "None of the Above" win the vote. NONE of those on the ballot would be elected or allowed to be renominated. People want "democracy," then majority vote rules.
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