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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 allowed to vote, because I ...

I am not allowed to vote, because I am not a British citizen, I am Dutch.
Although I lived and worked in England for eighteen years, my children go to school here, I pay my taxes here, but I have no vote to choose who will represent me at Westminster.

written 28th Apr 2005


Bodshal replies: Did you apply to naturalise (become a UK citizen)?

It's quite clear that residence does not equal citizenship. A major difference between the two is whether you can vote.

As I recall, after a certain number of years of legal residence, and a few other criteria, you can apply to naturalise. I have a number of friends and colleagues who have successfully done this.

written 28th Apr 2005

tiger43 replies: If I emmigrated to a country to live and work, raise family etc, I would not expect that country to allow me to vote. You can`t have your cake and eat it, so to speak. Unless I became a citizen of that country thus binding me by its laws and regulations. Once a citizen then and only then will I expect to be allowed to vote.

written 28th Apr 2005

Nonapatheticyouth replies: Um... mum? haha, sorry... but this sounds like my mother writing in every single detail. Obviously it's not because she can't operate a computer without causing some kind of malfunction

written 28th 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.