I just voted “None of the Above” in New Jersey’s Special Primary Election for U.S. Senator while checking the proofs for Reason Papers’s forthcoming symposium on Jason Brennan’s The Ethics of Voting. Oh, the irony.
I wonder if it’s time to abandon the Republicans altogether. I’ve been one since 1992, but I can’t remember the last time I voted for one. Pathetic.
PS. I usually vote by absentee ballot, and hadn’t been inside a polling booth in a while, so I forgot the procedure for write-in ballots: it’s push “write in,” then type the write-in on the keypad, then hit enter. I walked into the booth, and started typing without pushing “write in”; naturally, the keypad wouldn’t work. I hadn’t had my afternoon coffee, so I wasn’t about to figure it out on my own. “Wait,” I said to the poll worker nearby. “How do you do a write in, again?” He was so startled by my question that he was left speechless. Finally, he just pointed to the two options on the ballot, and said, “Write in? No, you just have to pick one of the options.” I knew that couldn’t be right: actually, my flight response began to kick in at the prospect of having to vote for either of them. Finally, I remembered the correct sequence: you have to start by pushing “write in.”
The worker was just trying to be helpful, but it’s interesting that write-ins are so exotic that a poll worker wouldn’t know that write-ins are a possibility. It’s time to change that.
PPS, 12:42 am, August 14: As expected, Lonegan won the Republican nomination, and Booker won the Democratic. Booker will probably win the general election, and frankly, more power to him. (No, I didn’t stay up for the election results.)