Monday, March 22, 2010
India's Ballot--"None of the Above" option
India's political ballots will likely include the voter choice, "None of the Above," which means none of the candidates on the ballot are satisfactory.
This additional choice option gives Indian voters greater opportunity to voice their views. I.e. want better candidates. (Interestingly, along with Greece, India was the origin of democracy.)
The FDA considers the "None of the Above" option an advancement for democracy, because it means more voter choice, and thereby more voter voice.
In western countries, such as the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, voters' choice is limited to the candidates on the ballot or not voting. Voters expected to vote for candidates which they may not want to support.
In Australia, voters are fined if they don't vote, which explains the high voter turnout in Australia. Yet such an approach, shields possible problems in the political system (via. high voter turnout), and unduly influences voters against not voting, which is their right if they choose.
India--"None of the Above" choice
Basic rationale for "None of the Above" rationale