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

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I am not voting because I am not allowed to vote. I am 16. I am allowed to get married, have children, play the lottery, get a job, but I'm not allowed to vote on any of the issues that affect me, my family or my fellow unable-to-vote-ers.
By the time I am 18, I'm sure I'll either have more to think about than which childish politician should run the country, or, unable to afford my university tuitition fees, spend election day on the till in Asda.

written 26th Apr 2005


also unable to vote because of age replies: Dear 'unable to vote because of age'. There are other ways you can express your view politically without voting. Perhaps you could pursue joining a pressure group whose views you agree with. Or you could write to your mp on issues you are interested in, or to the minister of education about top-up fees, just because you can not vote at present does not mean you can not have your say.
On your attitude towards voting when you are 18, this seems to me perhaps a slightly immature attitude, and any MP thinking about supporting a bill to allow 16yr olds might be put off from supporting it after looking at your testimonial.

written 26th Apr 2005

AA replies: Another way to get involved is to help educate your family and friends, who are of age to vote, so that they can make a valid decision on May 5th, and not screw up the vote that they are so lucky to have.

written 27th Apr 2005

Tiger43 replies: Yes, 16 year olds can do practically anything they want in life, whether thats inside or outside the law, and should be grateful just for that. I think 18 is a good age to become eligable to vote, by then your head tends to be better screwed on and more able to function normally.

written 27th Apr 2005

Max replies: Remember, that upto about 1960, males in this country had the privilege of three years of being killed or maimed on the battlefield before they could vote at 21.

written 1st May 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.