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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 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

Responses

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

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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