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‘None of the Above’ option won’t be on upcoming N.B. byelection ballot

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THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

FREDERICTON – Elections New Brunswick won’t be adding a “none of the above” choice to the ballot for the upcoming byelection in the riding of Saint John East.

Members of the province’s electoral advisory committee have discussed the issue but say more time is needed to examine the option.

Chief Electoral Officer Michael Quinn had suggested it as a way to allow voters who want to express their discontent with the choice of candidates, to do so in complete confidence and be counted as a result.

During the September provincial election, tabulation machines sounded a beep when anyone left their ballot blank or otherwise spoiled their vote.

Quinn says that feature is intended to make sure a voter doesn’t inadvertently lose their vote as the result of an honest error while marking their ballot.

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Elections New Brunswick spokesman Paul Harpelle says because of the provincial election, new members of the advisory committee will soon be chosen and the ballot issue will be discussed again in the new year.

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