Canadians will be able to vote for ‘none of the above’ in an upcoming by-election after a candidate legally changed his name. Father-of-two Sheldon Bergson paid $137 to officially change his name to Above Znoneofthe in time for an Ontario election on February 11. As names on the ballot papers are listed alphabetically by their surname first, he will appear underneath the list of other candidates, as Znoneofthe Above. The candidate explained that he had changed his name to try and offer fed up voters an alternative to the main parties.
‘I’m aiming for all of the people who don’t normally vote,’ Znoneofthe told CBC News. ‘I thought one of these days we should get ‘none of the above’ on the ballot.
The married 46-year-old began the process to change his name last fall in the hopes of running in the federal election but it didn’t happen in time.
The official change went through in December last year and Znoneofthe, a customer services representative for a bank, insists he will keep his new name if he wins the byelection. He admits his family and friends still call him Sheldon however.