“NONE OF THE ABOVE”
By James Turnage:
On August 22nd a federal judge made the decision that Nevada’s “none of the above” choice on election ballots was un-constitutional.
U.S. District Judge Robert C. Jones made his decision based on the fact that if “none of the above” received most of the votes, it could not win, making those votes within the ‘do not count’ category.
The Republican party filed the action claiming it “disenfranchised” voters.
Tuesday the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a 3 member panel of judges, struck down Judge Jones’ decision and had strong words for his action. The panel criticized him for delays causing issues with printing ballots.
The Republican party filed the lawsuit fearing votes could be “siphoned” away from their candidates in an extremely tight race here in Nevada.
There you go, Nevadans, you have the freedom to vote as you wish. The addition of the “none of the above” category has been on ballots since 1976. It’s worked for 36 years, and the G.O.P. wanted to take it away from us.