They're not voting because...
- I haven't decided...
I haven't decided whether to vote this year or not but casting a vote actively indicates that in some way you endorse/support the policy, views and actions of the group you vote for. What if you want to state that none of them are good enough to deserve your support? There is no box on the ballot paper that says 'No way - there all crap'.written 7th Apr 2005
Sam replies: then vote to the polling booth, and spoil your ballot paper. Those papers are counted, but don't count as a vote.written 7th Apr 2005
Gareth replies: I still don't understand what this will achieve? I suppose it is like hiring somebody to do a job. There is very rarely the perfect candidate and you have to pick the best of the bunch. I used the WriteToThem.com site to contact my MP's and will be doing so again, direct communication and action are needed. You need to change the minds of the politicians/parties. I think it is well understood the lack of participation in elections by all the political parties/organisations. If they don't work for you either change them or find or start a fresh. The second being the most difficult. Not voting does show that they are not catering for you, but it is Supermarket culture "its not on the shelf" attitude. To change things involves effort, don't blame do something.written 7th Apr 2005
Richard replies: Whatever you do, one of these parties will wind up with power. So the decision is not "who is good enough to earn my support", but who will end up with power. No-one having power is not an available alternative, hence it is not on the ballot paper.written 7th Apr 2005
Dave replies: Voting for change can acheive change, but only when:
a) your fellow voters are not tabloid reading idiots
b) there is something to change to
When the electorate is overwhelmed by lowest common denominator style media that prop up the two and a half party status quo then not voting is the only way to have any voice at all.written 7th Apr 2005