The state of Nevada struck a blow for every frustrated voter who stares at the ballot, burning to send a message not to a certain candidate, but against all of them.
A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that voters in Nevada will continue to have the right to choose none-of-the-above on their ballot. A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel rejected a Republican-backed lawsuit that claimed the “none of these candidates” ballot option was unconstitutional. “The district court’s ruling is a triumph for the voters of Nevada,” said Secretary of State Ross Miller. “Voters who want to express their dissatisfaction with the federal and statewide candidates on the ballot should have the option and freedom to do it.”
Among the 50 states, Nevada is alone in offering the “none of these candidates” option and when one considers that the Silver State gave America philandering ex-senator John Ensign, (TRMS coverage here) and the chickens for checkups candidate Sue Lowden, candidate None of the Above starts to appear not just viable, but preferable.
It should be noted that this case was made in the 1985 film Brewster’s Millions , in which candidate Richard Pryor squandered his fortune urging his fellow citizens to vote for the infallible, infinitely wise, None of the Above. He has a point.