Editor, Times-Union:
The following is the second part of my letter on the need for a “none of the above is acceptable” option on Indiana ballots, plus expanding the vote to retain in office option for all elected officials. I will begin where I left off in my April 15 letter to the editor with outlining how these ideas would look on Indiana ballots  and would work in Indiana elections.
First the vote to retain in office proposal would work along these lines: Each November current office holders, whether federal, state or local not up for re-election, would be subjected to annual performance evaluation in the form of letting voters cast a yes or no vote to keep that particular person in office for the remainder of their term until the next election. If that particular office holder does not get a solid simple majority, 51 percent or above, in favor of them remaining in office, they shall be removed from office within a set time period with their replacement being selected by either, constitutional procedures, special election or appointment by a multi-partisan committee consisting of a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Independent, etc.
A “none of the above is acceptable” option would work along these lines: If a solid simple majority, 51 percent or above of voters, selects the none of the above option then all of the candidates for that nomination or office would be ineligible to run for that particular office until the next election cycle. The vacancy for that nomination or office would be filled by either a special election, an appointment by multi-partisan commission or party caucus depending on whether it is a primary or general election.
Sample vote to retain ballot
Federal office- Shall the president of the United States (fill in name) be retained in office for the remainder of the their term. Yes or No.
State office - Shall the governor of Indiana (fill in name) be retained in office for the remainder of their term. Yes or No.
Local office - Shall the sheriff of Kosciusko County (fill in name) be retained in office for the remainder of their term. Yes or No.
Sample None Of The Above Ballot
Republican
Democrat
Libertarian
Independent Candidate
Other Political Party
Write-In Candidate
None of the Above
The third part of my letter on this subject will conclude with another electoral tool that will help voters keep current public officials more accountable and unqualified ones from getting elected in the first place.
Alexander Houze
Leesburg