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

They're not voting because...

There is no candidate standing in my...

There is no candidate standing in my constituency that I can actively endorse and no party that properly represents my views.

I would like to vote for a Green Party candidate, but there isn't one.

written 3rd May 2005


David replies: Well, vote for whoever is closest, thats absolutely no exuse.

written 3rd May 2005

RKP replies: Then why not join the Green Party and stand for them in your area next time. It really is that easy.

written 3rd May 2005

Alistair replies: That's the thing. There isn't even anyone close and after breaches of trust on several levels by every party with a candidate standing, none of them get my vote.

written 3rd May 2005

Alistair replies: RKP - Easy? Riiight.

This area is so full of rancid Tory voters that I'm leaving it as soon as I can anyway, so hopefully next time it won't be a problem.

written 3rd May 2005

Tiger43 replies: You might find a candidate sitting in your constituency, if you look carefully. There quite illusive, allmost nocturnal.

written 3rd May 2005

Alistair replies: Nope.

Just the main three, plus the vile UKIP and Veritas.

written 3rd May 2005

Screaming Lord Sutch replies: The spelling here is appalling. Vote for the Monsters and we will eradicate bad spelling forever.

written 3rd May 2005

tiger43 replies: It iss my rite as a frea purson too spelle badlee

written 3rd May 2005

Alistair replies: I actually have voted for Lord Sutch.

The very last time he stood, in the Winchester by-election. He did a free show in the town, that I went to, so the least I could do was vote for him.

written 3rd May 2005

RKP replies: Yes Alistair, it is easy. The Greens haven't got enough candidates otherwise you would have one in your area, wouldn't you? If you joined and wanted to get active, they'd jump at the chance.

Of course, you could just sit on you arse and moan.

written 4th May 2005

Alistair replies: To RKP - Umm.. no. Wanting to vote for a party that doesn't have someone standing in my constituency doesn't mean that I have any obligation whatsoever to stand myself or lose the right to complain if I won't.

I have no desire whatsoever to enter politics.

Not liking the situation doesn't mean I'm just sitting on my arse and moaning, or being apathetic. I actually consider it to be a much more principled stand to not vote for candidates you don't like or support instead of the wishy-washy 'vote for whoever is closest' position.

I'm really sick of the 'If you don't vote you don't have a right to complain' nonsense, which is just rhetoric dreamed up to try to convince people to vote for people they don't like.

I'm going to go in to spoil a ballot, to show that I'm not just an apathetic stay-at-home, but that I'm unwilling to give an endorsement either.

written 4th 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.