You are, of course, right. But, this is about protest, about expressing our dissatisfaction with the entire system, not just one party, and one way to do that is by withdrawing our consent. Remember, "consent of the governed" was one of the guiding principles of our form of government: "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,..." I realize that the Declaration is not a legal document, but we still look to these documents to discern the founding principles and original intentions. And, imagine a county clerk announcing something like, "Out of 10,000 votes cast, 502 were for Senate Candidate D, 498 were for Senate Candidate R, and 9000 were blank." cont.