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

They're not voting because...

the current system gives constituents...

the current system gives constituents an illusory feeling of power and influence. The reverse is true - if you vote for the "winner" you simply add to their majority. If you vote for the "loser" you have wasted your vote. It is ironic that voting is in fact dis-enfranchisement. Democracy cannot be a binary judgement in the yielding of power to representatives.

written 25th Apr 2005


MJR replies: Voting is only part of the political process. It's usually the most effective part, but not in the current UK system (and if that bothers you, vote for a party that supports electoral reform).

The other parts are things like going to hustings, lobbying candidates, raising issues in the media and other public forums, haranging the candidates when they doorstep you. It doesn't matter if you're a single-issue person and don't want to debate the economy: get your issue talked about.

written 25th 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.