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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 don't want my vote to count for Tony Blair

I don't want my vote to count as support of either Tony Blair or Scottish independence. (The SNP are the only viable opposition in my constituency.)

written 7th Apr 2005


Tom Kiehl replies: But you can cast a vote for one of the other parties. They may not win your seat but the parties receive post-election funding based on the overall share of the vote they get. This means that you are strengthening the party you are voting for ability to campaign against the other parties even if you do not get an MP for your constituency from your vote.

written 7th Apr 2005

Jack replies: Parties receive funding based on the number of votes they receive ! Is this true ?! This is absurd, how does that create a fair and level playing field for debate?

written 7th Apr 2005

Mike Holt replies: Parliamentary Parties receive funding in the form of "Short" money for the Commons and "Cranborne" money for the Lords which covers staffing and research costs. Therefore, using the example given above if you are a Tory or Lib Dem in an SNP/Labour fight you can vote for your party and they will get something out of it. This dispells the myth that voting for an established party outside of a two horserace is a wasted voted.

written 7th Apr 2005

Jonathan Wax replies: If Jack is taken aback by parties getting funding based on the amount of votes they receive then surely that is as good a reason as any to level the playing field out a bit more by voting.

written 7th Apr 2005

Rod replies: I wrote the original entry. Thanks for changing my mind. The Lib Dems will now be getting a vote from me in Ochil.

written 15th 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.