Change the ‘none of these candidates’ ballot rule

It is high time Nevada change that silly “None of these candidates” rule.

No, not removing that as a ballot option, but abide by the voters’ choice when it wins, as it did in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for governor. Instead of allowing Bob Goodman to be on the ballot in November as the Democrat’s nominee, there should be no Democrat, because that is what the voters decided. None got 30 percent of the vote to Goodman’s 25 percent. Or the Democrats could hold a convention and pick a nominee.

For good measure, that option also should be added to all those judicial races in which the incumbent did not draw an opponent from the cowardly lawyers. It would be like those retain or not retain elections in other states. If the judge is ousted, then the seat is open, and an open seat seems to attract lawyers hungry for a more leisurely day job.

From Nevada Secretary of State election website

From Nevada Secretary of State election website

In fact, why is the state, meaning the taxpayers, paying to conduct primaries for Republicans and Democrats anyway? Those parties —like the lesser parties — should foot the bill for picking their nominees, whether with primaries, caucuses or conventions. Treat all parties the same.

7 comments on “Change the ‘none of these candidates’ ballot rule

  1. The Scarlet Pimpernel says:

    “there should be no Democrat, because that is what the voters decided.”

    Absolutely! Shows that it’s just dead weight.

  2. Vernon Clayson says:

    Perhaps the low information voters that elected John Bonaventura to constable under the impression he was connected the judicial Bonaventures and then voted for or against the Bob Goodman because of the renowned gin soaked attorney Oscar Goodman. No blasphemy here, don’t know him, I only repeat what the LDRJ has published innumerous times, All of this pales in comparison to RINO Eric Cantor getting the boot, I hope that puts fear into the other members of the Congress that believe they are entrenched.

  3. Goodman boasts about his drinking, so he won’t be offended.

  4. iShrug says:

    How many Republican votes did “None of these candidates” receive?

  5. Steve says:

    If more than one candidate will not run for a seat then the seat should remain unfilled…if the public feels the pinch there will be plenty of candidates the next cycle.

    Mr. Sebelius from the LVRJ told me I was crazy for even thinking that!

  6. […] Change the ‘none of these candidates’ ballot rule Jun11 by Thomas Mitchell It is high time Nevada change that silly “None of these candidates” rule. No, not removing that as a ballot option, but abide by the voters’ choice when it wins, as it did in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for governor. Instead of allowing Bob Goodman to be on the ballot in November as the Democrat’s nominee, there should be no Democrat, because that is what the voters decided. None got 30 percent of the vote to Goodman’s 25 percent. Or the Democrats could hold a convention and pick a nominee. […]

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