Found this via a link to the Peirce for Ohio campaign site, Andrew Warner hits on a novel idea:
But my father broke the political silence this weekend when I was telling him that we may have more choices than the failed “politics as usual” Democrats and Republican.
“I think there should be an ‘all these candidates are bad, start over’ choice,” he said.
[…] A “do-over” choice on the other hand, may just better capture the frustration of the average voter. I honestly think it might have a chance to win an election or two. Third party candidates have been our primary way of keeping the two-party system honest, but the “do-over” button would be much more direct and to the point. How embarrassing it would be for the major parties to know they put up two bad enough candidates for the majority of voters to choose the “neither” option.
It’s novel because any campaign money raised would be for naught, as all candidates should logically be disqualified from being on the ballot again. I’d take this a step further and require all second-round candidates exceed twice the petition signature hurdles of third parties (which would effectively kill them if you know what I mean), strip all party affiliations from the ballot and just let them take their positions to the people on televised debates.