They're not voting because...
- I would like there to be a 'no confidence...
I would like there to be a 'no confidence in current candidates' vote so that my dissatisfaction could be represented in polls and the like. I do not feel that any of the big three parties is truly representative of anything I want to vote for. This does not mean that I should vote for any old candidate just to be a god democratic citizen does it? If I have to choose between three devils I would rather not vote. I don't want my vote to be counted as approval. I suppose I should try and stand as a local representative or start a new party or something but I *really* don't think this is my calling or that I have the ability to lead in that way.written 8th Apr 2005
maz replies: what you should do is 'spoil' your ballot paper - this means you write on it that you think all of the candidates are equally crap or whatever, so you are not voting for any of them - they count the number of papers they get like this, and if everyone did it it would be a much better message than not voting, because that can be mistaken for laziness...written 8th Apr 2005
Dave Hansell replies: "Ifs" and "buts".
When spoilt ballot papers are counted there will be no distinction made between different categories of what people have written on them.
The argument that voting between competing brands of the same product does not represent meaningful "choice" and merely legitimises real disenfranchisement from having any power, responsibility or rights has merit.written 9th Apr 2005