If you have been reading my articles with any regularity (I don’t blame you if you haven’t), you know that I am no fan of the two-party system. A while back, I proposed a fairly simple ballot measure that I think would break the two-party system.
It involved allowing each voter to vote yes or no on every candidate, with every “no” canceling out a “yes.” The candidate with the most affirmatives would win. This would mean that, in theory, every candidate could receive more negatives than affirmatives and the primaries would then generate new candidates.
More importantly, it would mean that even someone who felt disenfranchised by a lack of good candidates would still have a voice in elections—a negative one.
A new ballot initiative in New Hampshire is a movement in that direction, though no one thinks it will pass. This new initiative allows for a vote of “none of the above” if the voter doesn’t like any of the options he has been given. I think this is a step in the right direction.
Currently, Nevada is the only state that includes “none of the above” as an option on the ballot. This has led to some strange situations. For instance, Sen. Dean Heller defeated Democratic challenger Shelley Berkley by about 12,000 votes in 2012. But 45,000 votes had been cast for “none of the above.”
According to the sponsor of the bill, Charles Weed:
Real choice means people have to be able to withhold their consent. You can’t do that with silly write-ins. Mickey Mouse is not as good as “none of the above.”
I agree. For too long, voters have been held in slavery by the manipulative specter of “electability.” This has allowed the two-party system to largely hijack American democracy. The voters have little power. We are merely voting for the least undesirable of the available options, all of which have been pre-vetted by an oligarchy of political elitists and corporate lobbyists. It’s time to start fighting for measures that will give voters a real choice.