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Thread: Protest/novelty voting

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    Protest/novelty voting

    Have you ever voted for a candidate you knew wasn't going to win out of protest against the stronger candidates or because you didn't care one way or another? Have you ever written in your own name?

    I'm seriously thinking about writing in Mickey Mouse for Governor. The incumbent carters to the extreme right-wing such as blocking White House initiatives in the state that would have created jobs just to oppose the President and try to cause his presidency to fail, sending the federal funding to other states that tax-payers in my state paid into the federal treasury. He also tried a little voter suppression in 2012 and it failed. The other supports policies that violate my conscience.

    In my state write-in candidates still need to be registered/certified as office seekers so writing in Mickey Mouse would be a wasted vote other than to make a statement. I wish disqualified write-ins were reported in the news but I think our elections office doesn't even report them as votes so the media has no information on those votes.
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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    Best I did was cross the vote and call candidates by their professions: a) Too cynical, and b) currently under charges for corruption.

    I suppose I could write any Disney character on some blank area on the crossed vote paper. I would go with Goofy though.
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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    Yeah. In this most recent city election one of the council seats only had one guy running and he's a gun grabber so I wrote in some random guy my secretary knew.

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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    Ralph Nader.

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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    The local candidates a couple of years ago were the most pathetic bunch I have ever seen put up, a continuation of the same sludge that tried to tell us annexing our area into the city would be good, but our taxes would go up immediately, but we wouldn't see the services related to those taxes wouldn't happen for three to five years.

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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    Quote Originally Posted by GottaGo View Post
    The local candidates a couple of years ago were the most pathetic bunch I have ever seen put up, a continuation of the same sludge that tried to tell us annexing our area into the city would be good, but our taxes would go up immediately, but we wouldn't see the services related to those taxes wouldn't happen for three to five years.

    I wrote in the Head of the Humane shelter for Mayor.......
    Probably a good choice! I'm curious as to why there was such a big time lag between payment, and receiving what you paid for. Sounds like the jokes about the old USSR...pay today for a car, get car three to five years from now. BTW, did the levy pass?

    Greetings, GottaGo.

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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    I voted for the Rhinoceros Party candidate, twice, in federal elections here. His name on the ballot was Albert the Cad. Richard the Troll just died recently. They were going to repeal the metric system because, "If God wanted the metric system there would have been ten apostles."
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    Providing higher education by building taller schools[10]
    Instituting English, French and illiteracy as Canada's three official languages[10]
    Tearing down the Rocky Mountains so that Albertans could see the Pacific sunset[19]
    Making Montreal the Venice of North America by damming the St. Lawrence River[20]
    Abolishing the environment because it's too hard to keep clean and it takes up so much space[10]
    Annexing the United States, which would take its place as the third territory in Canada's backyard (after the Yukon and the Northwest Territories—Nunavut did not yet exist), in order to eliminate foreign control of Canada's natural resources[21]

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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    No. The most I've ever done is not vote for someone who is running unopposed.
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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    Have you ever voted for a candidate you knew wasn't going to win out of protest against the stronger candidates or because you didn't care one way or another? Have you ever written in your own name?

    I'm seriously thinking about writing in Mickey Mouse for Governor. The incumbent carters to the extreme right-wing such as blocking White House initiatives in the state that would have created jobs just to oppose the President and try to cause his presidency to fail, sending the federal funding to other states that tax-payers in my state paid into the federal treasury. He also tried a little voter suppression in 2012 and it failed. The other supports policies that violate my conscience.

    In my state write-in candidates still need to be registered/certified as office seekers so writing in Mickey Mouse would be a wasted vote other than to make a statement. I wish disqualified write-ins were reported in the news but I think our elections office doesn't even report them as votes so the media has no information on those votes.
    I do not know if you could call it a novelty, but in 5 of the last 6 presidential elections I voted for Perot twice, for Browne twice and for Johnson. Why, I thought Perot would make the best president, Browne, although I thought he left a lot wanting, he was certainly better than Bush II, Gore and Kerry. In 2012, I lost faith in one major party candidate and didn't trust the other. Gary Johnson seem to be the one that actually would solve some of the problems this nation faced, so I voted for him.

    Now I have written in names when those lower down on the ballot had no opposition or just skipped their names entirely. But for president I always voted for who I thought was the candidate which do the best job, it just so happens in 5 of the last 6 presidential elections, it was for a Republican or Democrat. I do not think at would qualify as a protest vote, voting for whom you thought was the best candidate available. No, I have written in Mickey Mouse or any none human.
    This Reform Party member thinks it is high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first and their political party further down the line. But for way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.

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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    Yes pretty much every time I voted. Ron Paul in 2008/2012. Gary Johnson in 2012 for president. Write myself in for local offices sometimes...

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