“It simply because we sort of take pride in trying to reflect voter interests and preferences as much as we can,” Ley said.
But Ley said vanity may be the biggest threat to the bill’s success.
“It’s hard enough to lose to an opponent. It’s doubly hard to lose to nobody,” Ley said. “We have tender egos. It’s one of the reasons why I think it’s been opposed, but no one will ever say that.”
Secretary of State Bill Gardner predicts the reason it won’t pass has more to do with logistics and the fact there is no “above” on the state’s ballots.
Gardner said the last time the “none of the above” proposal came up was more than a decade ago, when state ballots listed candidates for a particular office in columns. Now they are listed horizontally, from left to right.
“It would be one heck of an experiment to have to start educating voters that, when “none of the above” appears, it would not be the “above” but the candidates to the right or left,” Gardner said.
Under the proposal, a special election would be held if “none of the above” received the most votes. The bill is before the House Election Law Committee.
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