Originally Posted by dak4n6
Never knew that. I love it. I'm afraid I would have been using that button 80% of the time during my voting career.
Me neither until last night. Just Wiki'ed it, however, and found out that it is still pretty meaningless ...
"Even if the "None of These Candidates" option receives the most votes in an election, the actual candidate who receives the most votes still wins the election."
And it's also apparently unconstitutional ...
"In June 2012, anticipating a close race in Nevada during the 2012 presidential elections, the Republican National Committee challenged the constitutionality of the option. Fearing that the option would siphon votes from the Republican nominee, the RNC claimed that the option is not constitutional because if "None of these Candidates" received the most votes, it would not win the election.
The Nevada Attorney General, on behalf of the Secretary of State of Nevada, argued that the option is a protest vote intended to send a message and whose outcome is no different from not voting at all. On August 22, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Jones agreed with the plaintiffs and struck down the law allowing the option as unconstitutional. He refused to issue a stay of execution pending the outcome of an appeal, meaning the ban on this option would be immediate.
On September 4, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an emergency stay against the district court's order.The emergency stay bars the implementation of Judge Jones's injunction until the Ninth Circuit can hear an appeal. In the emergency stay order, the Ninth Circuit noted that printing of ballots must begin by September 7; as it is unlikely that the appeal will be concluded before that date, the ballots for the 2012 elections will continue to contain the "none of these candidates" option."