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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 believe that the vote is...

I believe that the vote is too precious a thing to waste. Thousands of people have died over the last century to ensure that we were free to have the vote. I think it is wrong to use the vote to endorse a candidate who I consider a self interested liar, which covers most politicians.

Spoilt ballots should be counted and where spoilt ballots are in the majority nominations should be reopened with none of the original candidates allowed to stand.

I believe that this would dent the power of the parties and encourage independents to stand in their own constituencies and truly represent their constituents rather than toeing a party line.

I'm not not voting because I am lazy or disinterested, quite the opposite, I will watch and read the news in the run up to the election and I will go to the ballot box on election day. However, unless I see a politician who I deem worthy of my vote I will spoil my ballot.

written 7th Apr 2005

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bert replies: you are dead right. If there was a "none of the above" with the rules you mention that would be excellent, everyone would get involved then..

written 7th 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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