Nevada Voters Win Big Victory Against Republican Control Freaks
By Elisha Dorfsmith
Nevada voters were big winners earlier this month when a Republican lawsuit seeking to remove the “None of These Candidates” option on their ballot was rejected by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Nevada is the only state where voters who don’t like the choices on their ballot can vote for none of the above. This kind of protest vote can be just as empowering as voting for a candidate a voter strongly believes in.
Republicans had sued to have this popular option removed because they believed it was impacting their chances at winning close races. People who might vote Republican were increasingly voting “None of These Options.”
This lawsuit is just another in a long line of recent examples of Republicans thinking that they own your vote and know how to cast it better than you do. Of course, only you know how you should vote and voters are sick of the GOP’s obsession with limiting their choices.
The Republican war on voter choice is one reason so many voters in Arizona are championing a referendum to repeal Republican legislation (HB2305) recently signed by the Governor that will limit third party candidates from achieving ballot access.
I am helping circulate the petition for this referendum in Coconino County. If you are registered to vote in Coconino County and would like to sign the petition, please let me know. The signatures need to be collected and returned by early August so please don’t procrastinate. We need every signature we can get.
If we are not successful in getting HB2305 overturned, third party candidates will largely be at the mercy of Independents in order to make it onto their own primary ballot. In many districts, third parties need more signatures than they have people registered to vote in their party.
Republicans say third party candidates should have no problem reaching out to Independents and getting them to sign their nominating petitions. I have argued that Independents have no ideological or political connection to third parties so why would they jump at the chance to sign?
Worse, Republicans are now paying people to go out and register new Republican voters. State GOP officials say they are using this new program to actively go after people registered Independent and “party not declared”.
Every Independent that registers Republican because of this program can no longer sign a third party nominating petition. Each switched voter is another twist of the knife that Republicans stabbed third parties with.
Like Nevada, Arizona needs to step up the fight against the control freaks. We need more options on the ballot…not less. Maybe we could even get a “none of the above” option on the Arizona ballot someday.