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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 information to appear...

I don't want my information to appear on the voter's role (which is available to the public). Why expose myself to (more) junk mail and the risk of identity theft when I live in a seat that is safe as houses for the incumbent, and my vote will make not the blindest bit of difference?

written 26th Apr 2005


Matt Ashby replies: The system already addresses your concerns by having two registers: the full register (only available for electoral administration, law enforcement and credit reference purposes) and the edited register (available for anyone to buy).

Since you can choose not to be on the edited register by ticking the relevant box on the registration form (or by contacting your local authority's electoral registration officer) you can easily prevent yourself from getting junk mail because you're on the electoral register.

More information about the different registers is availabe on the Electoral Commission's web site.

On the topic of safe seats, there is no shortage of former MPs out there who thought they were sitting in a safe seat only to find themselves out of a job when the results were announced. Think of Michael Portillo in 1997 or (just possible) Jack Straw or Oliver Letwin in 2005. The constituency you live in was only a safe seat last time ...

written 26th Apr 2005

Tiger43 replies: To the poster......Please don`t expose yourself. Iv`e just eaten!!

written 26th 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.