Have you ever picked up a ballot during an election and thought to yourself “I wish I didn’t have to vote for any of these people”? Well residents in Whitby, Ont. now have that option.
Well sort of, anyway.
One of the candidates in the running for the Whitby-Oshawa byelection recently paid $137 to have his name legally changed to Above Znoneofthe. While that might not seem like it makes any sense at first glance, don’t be fooled–this was a calculated move. Because last names appear before first names on ballots, “Above Znoneofthe” ensures the name will appear like this come election day on Feb 11: Znoneofthe Above.
The reason for the “Z”, is because the candidate (who’s previous name was Sheldon Bergson) wants his name to appear at the very bottom of the list, so that the placement of “none of the above” does indeed cover all of the above. Znoneofthe says he changed his name to bring what he feels is a much-needed option to Canadian elections.
“I think Australia does that, and some other places do and I thought ‘how will we get it here in Canada?’ and then it occurred to me to change your name to None of the Above,” he said.
Come election day, it will definitely be interesting to see if none of the above can conquer all of the above.