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Elections USA: What happens if none of the above wins?

Asked by ETpro (34461points) September 10th, 2010

Nevada is the first US state to require None of the Above (NOTA) be one of the choices on every ballot. California has a ballot initiative to follow suit. There are active efforts to add the NOTA option in Tennessee and several other states.

Political pundits say NOTA may derail Tea Party Republican, Sharon Angle’s chances of taking Democrat, Harry Reid’s seat in the Nevada Senate election this November. Right now, NOTA is only polling a bit over 10% of the vote, but a strong advertising campaign might push that number right up into competition for the win. So what happens if NOTA pulls out the victory?

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wundayatta's avatar

Maybe they have to hold a new election? Maybe the incumbents stick around until someone else can be found that the voters want? I don’t know. What’s the point of having NOTA? Just to raise voting rates?

marinelife's avatar

Perhaps the governor has to appoint a senator. It is not an option I would ever choose.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

In many cases, having an empty seat would get about as much done as any of the candidates would have…

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

The they have to hold another election with new candidates – although, I don’t know who these new candidates would be.

ETpro's avatar

Wow, what enthusiasm for The Above as opposed to NOTA. :-)

@ucme Ha! Great link.

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