POLITICS

Voters in upcoming New Brunswick byelection could have extra choice on ballot

10/22/2014 12:16 EDT | Updated 12/22/2014 05:59 EST
FREDERICTON - Voters in the upcoming New Brunswick byelection in Saint John East may have another choice on the ballot — "none of the above."

Chief Electoral Officer Michael Quinn and representatives of the province's registered political parties will discuss the suggestion on Friday.

Quinn says the option would allow voters who want to express their discontent with the choice of candidates, to do so in complete confidence and be counted as a result statistic.

During the recent provincial election, the tabulation machines sounded a beep when anyone left their ballot blank or otherwise spoiled their vote.

Quinn says that feature is intended to make sure a voter doesn't inadvertently lose their vote as the result of an honest error while marking their ballot.