Tea Party Movement
Why people don't vote

To the editor: Referendums for mandating workers' sick leave and raising minimum wages indeed might increase voter turnout in municipal elections. But so would a more generic referendum of a sort: Place a "none of the above" option on the ballot beneath candidates' names. ("How to boost voter turnout in L.A. -- and it isn't offering prizes," Op-Ed, Aug. 19) Since the 1970s, ballots in Nevada have allowed voters to mark "none of these candidates." When "none" outpolls every candidate — which has happened — that sends a strong message. Similarly empowering our state's voters would surely bring more of them to the...