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

They're not voting because...

(1) I move for work...

(1) I move for work every year or two and so I'm never on the elector register at the right address when the election comes around.
(2) There is no-one in my constituency who represents my opinions. This is probably true for most of us, but especially here in Northern Ireland where I have no wish to perpetuate the messed up party sectarian divide.
(3) Voting stations are too few and far between, especially if you have work to go to. Why can't I vote, say, in any post office or similar?

written 7th Apr 2005


Richard replies: 1. When you move, call into the Town Hall and register to vote. You don't have to wait for the electoral registration forms to come around.

2. It would be great if there were a candidate to represent your opinions. But there isn't. Yet someone will still win. So which of the candidates is least different from your opinions? Of a bad lot, who is the best?

3. The local authority should supply sufficient voting stations, open for sufficient hours to allow everyone to vote. I would complain if they aren't. The restrictions on where you can vote are there to prevent electoral fraud.

written 7th Apr 2005

Dave replies: On 2), richard, you have to decide if you want to influence who will get into power in favour of the least bad option, or if you think that all the candidates and possibly even the system itself is broken enough that you don't want to give your mandate to any of it. You obciously don't think it's that broken. A lot of people do.

written 7th 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.