again: we desperately need a “None of the above; go back and get some better candidates” choice on the fall ballot. Downside: another damn year or so of politicking. Upside: neither party’s frontrunner will become the King or Queen they apparently expect that they will become.
Rather than the “traditional” None Of The Above, which means only “hold another election,” let’s have “None Of The Above, Super Steroidal” (NOTASS), which I shall now delineate.
If in an election for some office, the NOTASS choice gains a plurality of the votes, then:
1. The office shall become vacant as of the expiration of the current holder’s term.
2. The office’s powers shall go unexercised until it can be electorally filled.
3. All candidates defeated by NOTASS shall be barred from ever holding any elective office.
4. The parties that proposed those candidates shall each be fined an amount equal to ten times the filing fee required to run for the office.
I briefly considered having the NOTASS-defeated candidates incarcerated until the next election for that office, but we wouldn’t want to lower the average moral-ethical level of America’s prisons any further.