"Go ahead, throw your vote away!"
I noticed this back in November right afer the election, when I was
reading the election returns in the newspaper. There were four
candidates for the office of U.S. Senator in Nevada. One of these was
Brendan Trainor, running for the Libertarian party.
Trainor received a total of 5,269 votes, or 0.90% of votes cast.
A fifth choice, "None of these candidates", was available. This
choice received 8,232 votes, or 1.41%.
Another candidate, David Schumann, representing the Independent
American Party, was also defeated by "None of these candidates".
I'm not sure what conclusion to draw from this. I am normally
sympathetic to the attempts of independent candidates and small
parties to run for office, and I frequently vote for them. But when
your candidate fails to beat out "None of the above", all I can think
is that you must be doing something terribly wrong.
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