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Tell the world why you're not voting - don't let your silence go unheard

They're not voting because...

i want to be able to vote by sms, just...

i want to be able to vote by sms, just like pop idol. if we can vote by sms in a secure way (this should be possible in this day and age) then i'm sure the turnout would be higher.

written 18th Apr 2005

Responses

Missuniverse replies: And instead of manifestos the politicians could sing for us and we would judge them on a combination of their ability to murder motown classics and their sexiness in miniskirts and boob tubes.

written 18th Apr 2005

Missuniverse replies: And instead of manifestos the politicians could sing for us and we would judge them on a combination of their ability to murder motown classics and their sexiness in miniskirts and boob tubes.

written 18th Apr 2005

Andrew replies: no, they dont have to go that far. just set up a system that is inline with how we interact socially nowadays. THe old polling station method is dated and doesnt fit the pace of today's society. Hence the massive increase in postal votes.

written 18th Apr 2005

Jax replies: Whoa, whoa, whoa.

I work in technology and I know as well as the rest of us techies that serious fraud CAN occur if we start digitising the voting system.
We can't implement that kind of thing safely without well-tested means of securing and validating biometric data, and thats a little way off.

The current procedure works, we had a higher turnout back in the 50's, the system worked then, walking for about 20 minutes is not too difficult and you should see it as your democratic duty.

I would like to see the parties sing tho, that'd be funny.

written 18th Apr 2005

Benedict White replies: I think that we should vote over the weekend the way we used to. that way more people would be free to vote.

It is vitaly important that the ballot is kept secret and the only way to do that is in the polling booth.

written 18th Apr 2005

Martin replies: Surely if you can't make the effort to walk the (generally) short distance to register your opinion on the next 4/5 years of government, or send off a form for postal voting, then that is apathy?

written 18th Apr 2005

Tom replies: Personally i dont want the average pop idol viewer voting. If they are too lazy to walk a few minutes to a polling station then they definately havent put in the effort to vote carefully.

written 18th Apr 2005

Marc replies: If you can't be bothered to walk to make such an important choice then we are probably all better off without your voice being counted! Maybe we should all be demanding a farer voting system that might encourage the dissalusioned to vote. There is no hope or point of pandering to the bone idle!

written 18th Apr 2005

chirpy replies: Will Smith for Queen!

written 18th Apr 2005

Stuart Robinson replies: It seems that many people are obsessed with patriotic duty to walk a few hundred yards to the nearest polling station. But this is missing the point - the author did not say he didn't want to walk, he said he wanted to vote via SMS.

Technically, this would be impossible to implement, as SMS is a flawed system as it is, and is definitely not suited to voting. However, in time a secure system may come about, in which case it should be used. If one wants to raise participation in the electoral franchise, then we should be increasing the methods by which one can particpate.

written 19th Apr 2005

Emily replies: Patriotic duty is completely irrelevant. It's the fact that we'll be living in this country for the next four years, love it or hate it. It's no good moaning at the TV if you wanted to vote but were put off by the thought of having to walk down the road once every four years. And that's what SMS voting seems to be about, because it isn't as if there aren't enough ways to vote already. There are polling stations all over the place which are open before and after the working day, transport is provided for those who can't make it there themselves and anyone can use a postal vote if it's still inconvenient. SMS voting, if it did work, would make the whole process so easy that people could decide on a whim that they'll vote for a party that seems all right, do it in a matter of seconds and then put the kettle on, just the way they do for Pop Idol. That doesn't seem like a very effective way to raise participation in the electoral franchise to me.

written 19th Apr 2005

Tinks replies: Well yes I think we've confirmed that text message voting would be of no benefit to man or beast! Next topic...

written 21st Apr 2005

About Not Apathetic

NotApathetic was built so that people who are planning not to vote in the UK General Election on May 5th can tell the world why. We won't try to persuade you that voting is a good or a bad idea - we're just here to record and share your explanations. Whether ideological, practical or other, any reason will do.

A lot of users would like us to mention that if you spoil your ballot paper, it will be counted. So if you want to record a vote for "none of the above", you can.

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