A True “None of the Above” Option
Back during the Nevada senatorial elections, it was often noted that voters in that state have the option to vote for “none of these candidates.” However, this none of the above option isn’t real, insofar as even if a plurality of voters voted for said option, the winner of the office would be the candidate with the most votes.
In Colombia, however, they have a real “none of the above option” (the voto en blanco). If en blanco wins, a new election is called with new candidates.
In this weekend’s local elections, one municipality voted for “none of the above” and so a new election will be called.
In this case there was only one candidate running, and he won 43.29% of the vote, while en blanco won 56.70%.
It must be depressing to run as an unopposed candidate and still lose.