Thursday, April 26, 2007

But Can They Not Vote But Not Choose Not to Vote?

Tallahassee, Florida - 900 miles outside the Beltway

Florida may take an unusual approach to tackling undervotes:

[State Sen. Mike Bennett] persuaded the Senate Ethics and Elections committee to approve a bill, SB-494, on Monday that would require ballots to have the additional option of "I choose not to vote."

That option could not win a race, and the actual candidate with the highest number of votes would win the election.

Bennett, R-Bradenton, said the no-choice option would enable uninformed or disgusted voters to opt out in a way that clearly displays their intention to abstain for elections officials.

But what will happen if a voter wants to abstain from "I choose not to vote"?

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