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The very least we can do is spoil our...

The very least we can do is spoil our ballots - somebody has to read them.

written 29th Apr 2005


Al replies: Yes, and here is the BNP reason why!

written 29th Apr 2005

SM replies: To the original post-

No, the *least* we can do is not even go to the polling booth.

written 29th Apr 2005

rhia replies: Now that would be something to see!

Can you picture mass protests outside the poling booths in favour of getting something put on the ballot paper worthy of voting for?

written 29th Apr 2005

Leveller replies: Yes, but apparently the spoiled ballot papers are not counted.

written 30th Apr 2005

tiger43 replies: I`m just going to sit on my sofa doing nothing and being drip fed. Thats as much as I ever do. So don`t expect me to put my cross on some ballet paper.

written 30th Apr 2005

Pete replies: What's a ballet paper ???

Are you voting for Swan Lake or something ?

written 30th Apr 2005

john replies: Can I make a point and also ask a question in the light of "Leveller's" comment and the text at the bottom right of the home page.

A "spoiled" ballot paper may not be "counted" in the sense that it is used against the winning (or other) candidates, but every one is (or damn well WAS a good few years ago) shown to every candidate as the candidates have the right to contest the decision that it is "spoiled" if it can be interpreted as a vote for them ..... which is why the posts on this site and others say that if you are going to spoil your ballot paper you MUST make sure you don't put any marks anywhere near the voting boxes on the form.

My question is about the candidates deposits and the point at which they lose them.

Can anyone tell me what the calculation is ?

I don't suppose spoiled papers are counted as part of the turnout (and thus count towards deciding whether a candidate loses their deposit) do they ?

I think they damn well should !!

written 1st May 2005

Max replies: A candidate has to get 5 per cent of the vote to retain their deposit. Might be a problem if there were 21 candidates. Theoretically, the winner could still lose theirs!

written 1st May 2005

Alisha replies: To Pete - Ha Ha Ha!!!!

And what is all this talk about 'deposits'??

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.