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

They're not voting because...

Go to the polling station and spoil ...

Go to the polling station and spoil your ballot paper.It lets them know that you have made the effort,but when you got there none of the candidates or their policies were worth your vote.

written 19th Apr 2005


John replies: The problem with this is that a spoilt paper still counts for turnout. As turnout is a much more quoted figure than the number of spoilt papers, it makes more sense not to even go.

written 19th Apr 2005

idle replies: A big turnout is good. A large increase in spoilt papers is good. A large increase to smaller parties is good.

1) The govt mandate (ie where they say they got 49% of the vote) will be reduced no matter who you vote for.
2) It will stop politicians bleating about how they must 'engage the public with policies' as if it's our fault! Let them realise we actively voted against them! All of them :)
3) It will really piss off politicians if you turn up specifically to spoil a paper. It's your one chance in life to piss them off.

written 19th Apr 2005

roger replies: I often end up spoiling my papers at local elections due to the lack of choice, the question about turning up to vote is a question as to whether you believe in democracy. If less than 50% of the electorate bother to take part then we do not get a democratic result and leaves the so called "political class" enforcing their will upon us and we are left here whinging about the result.

written 19th Apr 2005

neil replies: I think a spoilt vote is the best why for a none voters to be heard.

1. no vote and the politicans and media see that as apathy, which the volume of comments on this site shows it isn't.

2. a significant increase in the number spoilt votes could be reported if the media wanted

regsiter your opinion, spoil your ballot, that is you democratic right ...

written 20th 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.