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January 27, 2015

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NV filing emergency motion in ‘none of above’ case

Nevada is asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to put a hold on a lower court order scrapping the state's decades-old voting option of "none of the above."

The emergency motion submitted Thursday by the attorney general's office says the state must finalize ballots for overseas and military voters by Sept. 7, which isn't enough time to get a ruling on the state's appeal.

U.S. District Judge Robert Jones struck down the ballot choice last week. He says the option is unconstitutional because votes for "none" don't count in election tallies and cannot win.

The Republican National Committee financed the lawsuit out of fears that votes for "none" could influence the outcomes of what are expected to be close presidential and Senate races in Nevada.

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  1. One last chance to have some sanity put back in elections. Let people have the right to select NOTA!

    No matter which party is effected, and I suspect both, it is about getting people to the polls to vote not which party benefits.

    I'm for whatever will encourage people to exercise their responsibility as a citizen.

  2. Having None of the Above choice is good if it could really win.

    The problem is it means nothing the way Nevada has it set up. If it wins, second place is elected to office.

    Do it right or don't do it at all. This feel good way means nothing and is a waste.

  3. I agree in as much as I wish NOTA had real clout and could force a new election. That said, it is not a wasted vote inasmuch as it let's us explicitly express our feelings about the choices we have.