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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 system needs changing

The system needs changing

There are a lot of posts here advocating "None of the above" - and that's a fine sentiment, although it comes across as being passive or negative. Its not voting for something.

What about "Change the System"

In a response to another post here, I advocate writing "Change the System", or CTS in a circle, on the ballot slip - that is making a positive statement. Instead of acquiescing to the lack of choice - it is pressing that something is done about it.

Let all those who weren't going to vote, vote for change.

written 26th Apr 2005


Paul replies: Spoiling your ballot is a waste of time. Do people realise that ALL votes, including defaced ones, are counted as part of the turnout. So it looks as if you're endorsing the election even if you spoil your ballot. Secondly, spoiled votes are never announced or reported. It took three years for researchers to establish the spoiled votes total in the 2001 election. So spoiling your vote is an act of self-indulgence. Better to stay away altogether on May 5 and then do something about changing the political system.

written 27th Apr 2005

. replies: although i understand the sentiment of the above post this course of action will change nothing. the electoral system is designed to return the same parties to power. nobody will be looking at the protest on your ballot paper. what must change is the mindset of the electorate....who continually vote for the big three. people must wake up to what is happening behind the headlines of the tabloids.the media is a smokescreen hiding the real political agendas of the big three. these agendas are the same! please vote, but vote for anybody but the con/lab/lib deception.

written 27th Apr 2005

Original Poster replies: Paul, if that's your philosophy why not campaign for a general boycott of the election?

written 27th Apr 2005

Paul replies: That is exactly what I am doing! Me and supporters of a book I co-authored are out there tonight urging people to withhold their vote and instead build a movement that fights for a fundamental change. You can find out more about our campaign at
It's about changing the negative of non-voting into a positive force for change. It's a tough job - but There Is No Alternative (to borrow a phrase used to justify the status quo)

written 27th 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.