Don't like ballot choice? 'None of the Above' an option for Ontario voters


SLM
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Don't like ballot choice? 'None of the Above' an option for Ontario voters

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | The Canadian Press – Sun, 8 Jun, 2014

TORONTO - Ontario voters fed up with the offerings of the mainstream political parties may feel sorely tempted to vote for none of the above come election day — and one party is well placed to capitalize on the sentiment.
Registered for the June 12th election is the None of the Above Party of Ontario — or NOTA — whose main plank is to press for elected politicians not bound by party control along with recall and term limits.
"Almost nobody knows we even exist and as soon as people do, they're sending emails for lawn signs," said leader Greg Vezina, a founding candidate for the federal Green party in 1983.
"I've only got candidates in eight ridings but I've got requests for lawn signs from Thunder Bay to Ottawa."
Half of voters don't bother to cast ballots while the other half want something different, said Vezina, who is running west of Toronto.
If voters find him NOTA good choice, they do have plenty of other options among the 20 registered parties.
They include Canadians Choice, Family Coalition and the Ontario Moderate party, along with John Turmel's Pauper Party of Ontario.
For Turmel, who is in the Guinness World Book of Records for running and losing in more elections than anyone else, this will be the 80th election in which he's been a candidate.
"This is my third hat trick," Turmel said proudly.
"Back in '80 and '82, I managed to pull off running in federal, municipal and provincial elections simultaneously."
If elected premier, Turmel said, his first act would be to decommission nuclear power stations, which he calls the "biggest threat to all our lives."
Besides adding some spice or even frivolity to the serious business of democracy, fringe parties, which collectively picked up about 54,000 votes in 2011, often press issues the main parties aren't discussing.
For example, the Equal Parenting Party's two candidates are adamant changes are needed to reform family law, which they say tends to favour mothers over fathers.
"If you want to divorce and you have children, it will be a 50-50 deal as far as time spent with, and money spent on children goes," the party says on its website.
"This forces a mother to bargain and gives a father something to bargain with."
Another party fishing for votes is the Vegan Environmental Party, which bills itself as "the voice for animal rights" with a platform focused on animals, the environment and social justice.
Among other things, the Vegans would end government subsidies to animal agriculture.
Brand new on the election scene is the Moderate party, which is also fielding two candidates this time round, although the aim is have up to 30 next time around.
The Liberals and Conservatives are basically part of the same system, Moderate Leader Yuri Duboisky said.
"That system is broken," said Duboisky, who isn't doing any door knocking.
"It's not able to adjust to economic challenges so the province is going down steadily."
The Moderates admit they aren't ready to govern but are pushing issues such as more hydrogen-fuelled cars, rooftop wind turbines and decriminalization of "minor drugs" such as marijuana.
Despite the plethora of choice, some parties simply never made it to the ballot.
Among those, the Masturbation Party ran afoul of Elections Ontario rules on names, while God at Work, Love in Action failed to come up with any registered candidates.


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Fringe is almost starting to become appealing next to the turgid mess of the mainstream. Almost.
 
mentalfloss
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The 'everyone sucks' line is just an attempt to remove liberal voters to give PCs the win.
 
spaminator
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out of curiosity I did some checking. it appears that there are no none of the above party Ontario candidates in my riding.
 
DaSleeper
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you can only vote for candidates in your riding so that option, NOTA, is only available in 8 ridings
 
spaminator
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Masturbation Party ran afoul of Elections Ontario rules on names

I guess they got themselves into a sticky situation with elections Ontario.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

The 'everyone sucks' line is just an attempt to remove liberal voters to give PCs the win.

Oh of course it is. It's all just a big conspiracy.

No one could possibly be fed up with the state of politics in this country.

 
Walter
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How lame is that? It would be better to be able to write someone in than to vote "none of the above".
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Oh of course it is. It's all just a big conspiracy.

No one could possibly be fed up with the state of politics in this country.

No one who actually follows politics cannot find something in every party.

The people who cross the hyperbolic line into 'every choice is garbage' either want to split the vote or are likely very casual about political affairs.
 
SLM
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Quote:

Declined ballot
53. An elector who has received a ballot and returns it to the deputy returning officer declining to vote, forfeits the right to vote and the deputy returning officer shall immediately write the word “declined” upon the back of the ballot and preserve it to be returned to the returning officer and shall cause an entry to be made in the poll record that the elector declined to vote. R.S.O. 1990, c. E.6, s. 53.

Election Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.6
 
Nuggler
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Quote: Originally Posted by spaminatorView Post

I guess they got themselves into a sticky situation with elections Ontario.

.......slippery devils.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

No one who actually follows politics cannot find something in every party.

The people who cross the hyperbolic line into 'every choice is garbage' either want to split the vote or are likely very casual about political affairs.

I'm so very glad you're here to tell how I really think.
 
lone wolf
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I figure all that really matters when "none of the above" applies is getting my name stroked off the list - 'cuz I so dearly love my right to bitch. This year, for the first time in 40 years, along with a lot of other folk here in the south part of Temiskaming-Cochrane (and a long way from either) I have to get written onto that list first
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

I'm so very glad you're here to tell how I really think.

I'm so very glad you don't understand the word 'likely'.

Walter gave me a reddie so I passed the litmus test of being right on something.

Sweet.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

No one who actually follows politics cannot find something in every party.

The people who cross the hyperbolic line into 'every choice is garbage' either want to split the vote or are likely very casual about political affairs.

Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

I'm so very glad you don't understand the word 'likely'.

Big deal, so you're allotting two options as to what my thoughts are instead of one. It still comes down to you deciding what it is I'm thinking as opposed to, gasp, asking.
 
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