The Blank Vote is available as a choice in some electoral systems around the world. It provides the voter with the option to indicate her/his disapproval with all of the candidates in an election.
Like 'None of the Above', the Blank Vote is based on the important democratic principle that public support for elected candidates is only meaningful if people also had the option to show that they did not support any of the candidates.
'Blank Vote' is established practice in Spain (voto en blanco), France (vote blanc), Colombia (voto en blanco), and in the United States Green Party.
In France, voting machines include a blank
vote option. Here the BBC reports a young man's vote in
the presidential elections:
are links to two French organisations for the Blank Vote:
Association pour la reconnaissance du vote blanc www.vote-blanc.org
and Les Citoyens du Vote Blanc www.parti-du-vote-blanc.fr/
In Colombia, March 2014:
'With "Voto en Blanco" emerging as a more popular candidate than at least five other presidential hopefuls, Colombians have started to pay attention to this curious option.' http://colombiareports.co
In Spain, blank vote is an established tradition. We first heard about it when a good friend in Malaga described voting blank as the most important thing she could do. Here a campaign site responds to a doubtful citizen. www.votoenblanco.com/ To translate, it says:
'The Blank Vote is a democratic rejection of all the current political options, with a continued belief in democracy. It is the vote most appropriate when all the parties are corrupt, or when their intentions are not attractive, or when they breach these programs, or when they have exceeded their lawful power, or when they have perverted the system…'