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Fri., Jan. 21, 2005, 2:22 p.m.

Campaigning for “None of the Above”…

When the political choices are all bad, State Rep. Dan Kristiansen, R-Snohomish, wants you to be able to vote for "none of the above."

Kristiansen says the change -- which some county election officials don't like because it would make ballots even bigger -- would prevent some of the confusion seen in last year's governor's election. In that race, election officials had to judge many unclearly-marked ballots, then "enhance" the marking beside the name of the person that voter apparently intended to vote for.

"If you choose `none of the above,' no one can say your intent wasn't clear," Kristiansen said.

House Bill 1363 is written so that "none of the above" can never win an election, he said.

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