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New Hampshire state lawmakers are considering allowing the option “none of the above” on the ballot for voters, something Nevada has had for statewide races since 1976.

Democratic state Rep. Charles Weed proposed the idea, saying he wants to give voters a way to register a meaningful protest vote. He told AP, “Real choice means people have to be able to withhold their consent.”

Republican Rep. Bob Perry, an opponent of the idea, said it would “legitimize hostility” by voters, saying, “The ultimate way to protest, I suppose, is to stay home.”

The League of Women Voters is also against it, arguing that it’s not very effective and is an “easy out.”

But Democratic Rep. Douglas Ley, who supports the bill, might have the real reason for opposition saying it’s about lawmakers being afraid of the potential humiliation of losing to “none of the above.”

[Associated Press]

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