when both candidates are terrible…

Sometimes, there is a political race in which both candidates are terrible. A prime example being the recent race of Scott Brown versus Martha Coakley. What are voters to do? Usually, they just stay home.

I think it would be interesting to experiment with a rule that allowed one to vote against both candidates at once. In other words, I could have voted for Brown, Coakley, or no one. If the no one votes outnumbered the Coakley and Brown votes, then a new election would be held with Coakley and Brown being prohibited from running.

I think this would be an impractical rule for the simple reason that I doubt certain positions would ever get filled; the voting public would just end rejecting pair after pair of possible candidates. However, it would give voters control over something which they now have no control over; the choice situations they face rather than just individual choices they confront in a choice situation that is forced on them by bad candidates. Essentially, the system being proposed here would give voters a veto over entire races, allowing them to tell the pool of candidates to “try again,” to find someone worth voting for.


1 Response to “when both candidates are terrible…”

  1. 1 Handsome Matt
    February 1, 2010 at 4:52 am

    That is a great idea. Pity it would never be implemented. Good to know that some people in America are still thinking for themselves

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