Supreme Court won’t take on Nevada’s ‘None of the Above’ ballot

CARSON CITY — Nevada’s unique “none of the above” voting option for statewide races will remain an election spoiler for the foreseeable future.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider an appeal by national Republicans.

The “none” option has been on the ballot in Nevada since 1976. It applies only to statewide races.

Republicans sued to get it stricken from the ballot in 2012, fearing that “none of the above” could siphon votes from a disgruntled electorate and sway the outcome of a close presidential race and Nevada U.S. Senate contest.

While the “none” option can never win an election, it has played a role in determining the outcome.

Two years ago, Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller defeated Democratic challenger Shelley Berkley by about 12,000 votes. More than 45,000 votes were cast for “none.”


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