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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 Returning Officer and printers failed...

The Returning Officer and printers failed to Print Ballot papers until 10 days before the Election,even for overseas voters like myself.Therefore,I have not received my ballot paper yet and would never be able to get it back for 5th May,even by courier service.
My vote has therfore been invalidated by the British State.

written 3rd May 2005


eleanor replies: I had exactly the same problem last year in the European elections, and this time I have an explanation of sorts... It depends if you are registered as an overseas voter or just for a postal vote. Apparently "governement regulations" do not allow postal votes to be sent out more than ten days before an election, so there will never be much chance of getting it on time. This was not of course explained to me until I complained loudly, but to get sent the ballot on time you need to register officially as an overseas voter and then you also have the proxy option.
I was lucky this time to be in the UK for a few days so I could collect my ballot there... but then I sat, utterly uninspired in front of it, wondering what exactly to do with it.

written 4th May 2005

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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.