[E-voting] NOTA

John Bernard Lambe icte-jlambe at johnlambe.com
Sun Mar 21 18:43:46 GMT 2004

In PR-STV, NOTA could be an option just like another candidate.
Then if someone considered only two of the candidates to be better than
none, he/she would give NOTA his/her thrid perference, and could fill
in subsequent preferences in case NOTA got eliminated.
The if NOTA was elected, a new election could be held for its seat and
any seats not filled on the count in which NOTA was elected (if NOTA
and another candidate were elected on the same count, the other
candidate's election would be valid only if he/she had more votes than
NOTA on that count).

However, there's no guarantee that the replacement candidates will be
any better.
In fact, since the original set of candidates are the best that the
parties could find (in their opinion or that of their members), it
would seem likely that the replacement candidates would be worse. The
natural choices would be the candidates who lost their party's
Of course, it might encourage independant's to run.
What was the experience in other countries?

John Lambe
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