They're not voting because...
- I will be spoiling the ballot paper. ...
I will be spoiling the ballot paper. Why? Because I distrust all the parties and the whole political process, I want to register that fact, and it provides some amusement for the staff at the count.written 17th Apr 2005
Rachel Dorman replies: Could someone explain to me the purpose of 'spoiling a ballot paper'?
If I choose not to vote for any party because there's not one I like, I see little point in dragging myself down to the polling station to waste a sheet of paper. My time would be be better spent elsewhere, doing an elderly neighbour's shopping for example.
Or at best, I would consider going to the polling station and collecting the ballot form, taking it out with me and dropping it into the local recycling bank, so at least it wouldn't end up a waste of printing, sitting on a landfill site. Or I could make a paper plane and entertain myself at home for a bit, and then recycle it. (Are we allowed to take them out with us?)written 20th Apr 2005