Alright, here we go. I'll try not to rehash this whole thing -- because I really get the sense people feel the way they feel and they don't care about the math. Fine. To my knowledge, there are four blank ballots that have been submitted.
I do not like blank ballots.
I respect the right of the voters to submit them because they have that right -- but I don't have to agree with it, and I would like to see their explanations include why they felt it necessary to make their vote while subtracting from their peers. That's my view. A blank ballot adds nothing to the vote except for one more person in the final total. So, if there are 400 voters and two abstain and four submit blank ballots that means the 75 percent is calculated on votes/398. The two abstainations do not count to the total. The four blanks do.
That means that the blank ballots require three votes to overcome. Three. The blank ballot adds zero support to any of the candidates and effectively vaporizes two votes for any of the candidates.
With the ballot already limited to 10 spots, a blank ballot adds nothing to the process -- which is fine, sometimes there are no worthy candidates in a voter's opinion -- but then goes the extra step to only subtract from peers.
As long as there is a 10 limit and more than than 10 names it's not a straight yes/no for every player. It's weighing who are the 10 most worthy. That gives each line -- because of supply and demand -- a value greater than just one, and submitting a blank ballot means that voter is counteracting a vote at every line.
(The binary ballot would also improve this blank ballot thing, FWIW.)
Somebody smarter or more gifted at math than me could come up with a the proper analogy. I've tried several different ones. Consider a jury of 10 where 75 percent is required to acquit and what happens when one of the jurors decides between abstaining (turning the vote into a 7 out of 9) or null/blank (turning it into an 8/9). Or, think of votes as coins -- you get 10, 10 candidates get 10 each, and you can vote for as many as you want, but the ones you don't vote for, you take two coins back. Abstain, keep your 10. Null/Blank -- pocket 20 coins, provide none. It's an incomplete analogy, but it offers a visual of how a zero ballot is different than a 1, 2 or 10 ballot, and how a blank ballot is a black hole -- it absorbs all, gives none.
And if you're cool with that, fine. By all means do it. It's your call because it's allowed. But please defend it, tell the other voters why you decided your one ballot was worth more than one of theirs.
I would welcome that conversation. Having it on Twitter has been tricky.
I really need to sit down and figure out the best analogy.
We could also do a family deciding where to go for dinner and how one personal abstaining clears the field for a decision, while going null/blank leaves the family sitting around the table unable to come to a consensus. That would be a good one.