Frequently Asked Questions

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"None of the above" sounds like a crazy idea. Is it?

The short answer? No. The long answer…

The way we run elections is so familiar that it's hard to imagine any other way to do it. You look at a list of options, you choose the name that you want, and the person with the most…

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So, how would "NOTA" work when it's time to count the votes?

NOTA could work in several different ways. The simplest would be to tally these votes together and treat them as protest votes that couldn't affect the outcome of an election. If NOTA received more votes…

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Is this going to solve all our political problems?

No—but then again you should be suspicious when anyone tells you they have the answer to all your problems. Just to be clear, though: adding "none of the above" to our ballots won't suddenly get rid of legislative gridlock or disagreements…

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Isn't this just throwing your vote away?

Definitely not. To understand why, we need to talk about why people vote.

When some people vote, they make their choice by guessing what the future holds. Which candidate has made promises ….

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But doing this doesn't solve anything. Why bother?

You're right, giving voters the option of a "none of the above" vote does not in and of itself solve any problems, and it certainly doesn't solve all our problems. But if I bought a house with a leaky roof, crumbling plaster, and a bad paint job and then refused to walk in the front door…

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Isn't this just an empty vote that doesn't communicate anything?

Most definitely not. Even though they often seem out-of-touch, the members of our government need information—information about what we want, information about how policies will affect us. If we're talking about that kind of information, it's actually "normal votes" that are the problem and don't communicate anything…

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Why isn't your name going to be on the ballot?

Having an actual spot on the ballot would be best for our campaign. That way even if a voter has never heard of us, they can still…

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What is a "write-in" candidate?

Write-in votes are a very simple idea. On the ballots in most states, there's a blank line in each election that allows you to "write in"…

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Who's the intended audience?

If you were to close your eyes you could easily imagine a "typical" voter for either of the two major parties (maybe even for some of the minor parties as well). But what does a typical NOTA voter "look" like?

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What if NOTA wins the election—would you actually serve?

It's tempting to dodge the question by pointing out the size of the challenge ahead of us. But since this is a serious campaign…

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