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Not Apathetic

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

They're not voting because...

Not voting is better than Spoiling.... ...

Not voting is better than Spoiling....

Have a look at the media now. Do you see a count of spoiled ballots anywhere? Any mention of it at all? No, you don't. Those who chose to vote for "none of the above" have had their vote ignored again.

Next time you'll know better and know not to vote at all.

written 6th May 2005


Max replies: Why don't you contact your local Returning Officer and ask for the number of spoiled ballot papers? Or contact your local newspaper and ask them to find out?

written 6th May 2005

Darren replies: Well I dont know where you were on election night, but every single deceration I wacthed on the BBC gave a total of votes, majority, turnout percentage, and a number of spoiled ballot papers.

written 6th May 2005

Tog replies: An did they break the figure down to show how many were deliberately spoiled papers...?

written 6th May 2005

Chris McBride replies: At the moment it does seem to be the "stay at homes" who are getting the coverage in the media. While politicians pay lip service to being concerned about this they intend to do rather little about it in a non-party-political manner e.g. Tories do nothing as pensioners always vote, Labour introduce text votes as younger people would never vote Tory etc.

Spoiled papers/none of the above are actually are more constructive idea, but only within a mass campaign - a large number of these proves that people aren't apathetic & are prepared to take the time to vote. More to the point, it reminds politicians that there are many votes waiting for them if they try to engage (ugh) with this audience. Even better, it may encourage independents to stand on a platform representing these voices & their constituency.

But until this is a publicised mass campaign, people will just assume that you're too dumb to put a cross inside a box.

written 7th 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.