U.S. District Court Judge Robert C. Jones will hear Townley v State of Nevada on Wednesday, August 22, at 10 a.m., in Reno. This is the lawsuit over “None of the above” (actually, in Nevada, it is “None of These Candidates”). Plaintiffs argue that if that option appears on the ballot, the law must make it binding. In other words, if Nevada is going to have a “NOTA” then if “NOTA” gets the most votes, no one is elected. The argument is highly theoretical, but is based on the definition of “vote” and the need to treat all votes equally.
Some of the Republican presidential elector candidates are plaintiffs, and plaintiffs argue that if “NOTA” is not binding, then it should be removed from the ballot. Under current Nevada law, “NOTA” only appears on primary and general election ballots for statewide office, not for U.S. House or legislature or local office. Judge Jones is a Bush Jr. appointee.