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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 am in prison - and I am not allowed...

I am in prison - and I am not allowed to vote. How unfair!

written 2nd May 2005

Responses

Tim replies: You are lucky to have computer there. It is not just vote that prisoners lose.

written 2nd May 2005

Reggie replies: Lucky? Oh yes, I'm really lucky! Perhaps you'd like to swap places with me Tim, and then tell me I'm lucky.

written 2nd May 2005

Paul replies: of course you're not lucky. You got caught!

written 2nd May 2005

Garth replies: Who would you vote for Reggie? You should get a vote so tell me who and why?

written 2nd May 2005

Anonymous replies: Well, when you commit a crime and partake in illegal activities, then this is the price you have to pay unfortunately. When you broke the law and were convicted, you lost out on your freedom and rights to vote. Tough luck, mate. Maybe next time you'll think twice before being a burden on law-abiding citizens who are subsiding your stay in prison, where you are fed for free and provided with a roof over your head, rent-free!

written 2nd May 2005

Reggie replies: What's your shoe size Anonymous? I've got a friend who can make you a nice pair of boots.

written 2nd May 2005

John Furlong replies: Without meaning to sound cynical - your "vote" does count nonetheless. What I mean of course is that your inability to vote goes into the pool of "non-votes" - ultimately either you didn't care or did not know or simply took the chance that you would loose your vote this way. Politicans and the political system does pay attention to this vote. Very much so actually.

However I must admit I know nothing as to why you are in jail.

written 3rd May 2005

RKP replies: I doubt you are really in prison, but let's suppose that you are. You committed a crime and have therefore opted-out of society. That's the price you pay. I didn't commit a crime and so get to vote. See how it works?

written 3rd May 2005

Anonymous replies: RKP - totally with you on that one.

Reggie - Ugg ones will do very nicely, ta very much!

written 3rd May 2005

Reggie replies: Anonymous (chicken sh1t). Your boots are ready. Come and pick them up by the river.

written 3rd May 2005

Anonymous replies: Oh Reggie - are you in that nice open plan prison? The one Jeffrey Archer was in?

written 3rd May 2005

Tom replies: I don't know what crime Reggie comitted, but in response to RKP's comment I DO know for sure that no-one has ever asked him if he would like to opt in or out of society. I know you were not implying this to be the case, but my point is that an individual cannot possibility disassociate themselves from a society whose governing body has the power to imprison them for breaking its laws. Reggie did not ask for his freedom and rights to be placed under the control of a government, but since this is the way of the world he should at least be allowed a say in who sits at the head of this government, whatever his criminal convictions. Comments on my opinions would be very welcome, either on this site or via e-mail

written 3rd May 2005

Anonymous replies: Hmmm...good point Tommy boy!

written 3rd May 2005

Tom replies: Thankyou anonymous fellow, enjoy not voting!

written 3rd May 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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