Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Should blank votes count?

If a voter takes the trouble to go and put a blank voting paper into the "urne" should that vote be counted as being for no-one? Would it encourage those who simply abstain at home to go and vote?  Several of the candidates in the French presidential election propose that in their programmes, so that if, for example, the blank votes won over 50% in the first round the election would be cancelled. It is noticeable that those in favour are all the "also rans", the leading candidates keeping quiet.
People often say that they will not vote because none of the candidates meets their needs, which simply allows other people to decide - generally allowing the "abstainers" to carry on complaining. Perhaps the blank vote counting would help voters to be more positive - or would it simply complicate matters?
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