On June 8, two Republican nominees for presidential elector from Nevada filed a federal lawsuit, asking that “None of the Above” be removed from the November 2012 ballot and future years. The case is Townley v State of Nevada, 3:12-cv-00310. Here is the 16-page complaint. Besides the elector candidates, the complaint lists nine voter plaintiffs. Starting in 1976, Nevada has printed “none of the above” on primary and general election ballots, but only for statewide office. The lawsuit argues that because a vote for “None of the above” has no legal effect, the voters who vote for “None of the above” are being harmed, because their vote has no effect. The complaint says if a victory by “None of the above” had any legal consequences, then it would be constitutional.
The complaint suggests that the law could theoretically provide that if “None of the above” wins, then the office should be vacant. It says that also, theoretically, the law could provide for a run-off when “None of the above” gets the most votes. But since the law in reality doesn’t do either of those things, the Complaint says voters who vote for “None of the above” are being discriminated against. One must assume that because two of the state’s Republican Party electors are co-plaintiffs, this lawsuit has the informal backing of the Republican Party of Nevada.