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In Nevada You Will Still Be Able to Vote for No One

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In Nevada you will still be able to go to the polls and vote for no one. The state is unique in that for decades it has given voters the option of “none of the above” on the ballot and it will remain that way for at least this upcoming election. Republicans had launched a lawsuit to try to get “none of the above” removed from the ballot but thanks to a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals it will remain on the ballot this November. From the Las Vegas Sun:

Nevada voters will have the option in the upcoming election to choose “none of the above” in the close presidential contest between President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney.

A panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit of Appeals issued a stay Wednesday of a ruling by federal District Judge Robert Jones that would have kept the none option off the ballot.

The stay is a setback for Republican leaders who had hoped that those who were dissatisfied with both candidates would choose Romney if forced to make a choice.

While the presence of this option on the ballot would only make a difference in an extremely close election, in reality it is good news for President Obama and bad news for Mitt Romney. With national polling so close a few thousand votes in a single swing state could make the difference.

It is believed that the option is used mainly by voters who are unhappy with the incumbent as a way to express their displeasure with the incumbent without actually helping the opposition. This dynamic comes into play when you have an incumbent with a disappointing record and a challenger that has very bad favorability ratings. That just happens to be a near perfect description of the Presidential race this year.

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at