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Forum Post: Positive Implications; Casting a blank ballot.

Posted 11 years ago on Aug. 31, 2012, 4:57 a.m. EST by aesopwat (2)
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I am considering the positive implications of casting a blank ballot in the US 2012 presidential elections. After some thought, I am convinced that this could be an incredibly empowering form of "protest" for those that know none of the political candidates have our best interest in heart. If carried out on a large enough scale, I could see 10 to 30% of popular vote, such an act would demonstrate the widespread discontent inherent in our current sociopolitical paradigm; furthering the growing awareness within the many progressive movements we see today.

This would be sure to get mainstream news attention, planting awareness, and generating further progress on our path for authentic liberty.

I am interested in OWS's opinion of this idea, and hopeful that you would endorse it within your many avenues of communications.

Final note: To do this either leave the ballot blank or write in "none the above" when at the polls. Interesting website pertaining to the issue http://www.nota.org/

P.S. I have been leaving brief youtube comments on varying types of "enlightening" videos and songs, and it would be helpful for people to either leave similar comments or thumbs up existing comments so that they stay towards the top of the comments page.

Comment reads as following,

Vote BLANK, If you can't support any of the candidates. Voting BLANK says you want better democracy and a higher quality of politics.  Leave the ballot paper completely blank or write in "none of the above."



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[-] 1 points by aesopwat (2) 11 years ago

Office holders, knowing they face "None of the Above" in the next election, would be encouraged to insure their re-election by focusing more on doing a good job in office and less on attempting to prevent the emergence of an effective opposition candidate.

[-] 1 points by aesopwat (2) 11 years ago

A substantial "None of the Above" vote in a race would help identify it as one in which voters might be more receptive to new candidates in a future election as well as reduce the political mandate of the elected candidate.

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 11 years ago

The implication is that you are following the (R)epelican't plan very, very well.

Other than that, they don't give a shit.