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Not Apathetic

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

They're not voting because...

I can't because I live overseas

First. I can't. I live in Alaska, and in order to complete a vote from overseas application I need the form witnessed and my citizenship verified by another British Citizen living overseas - who isn't related to me. I would cheat and get an American to do it, except they would need to have a valid passport number, place of issue and date of issue for the form to be accepted.

Second. When voting by post, the voting forms are sent out about a week before the election. That's about the amount of time it takes for ordinary post to arrive in my mailbox from England. So unless I spend around $100 to have it delivered internationally on the same day by Fedex, it won't make it back on time (unless ofcourse it doesn't have to arrive by election day - in which case I still can't send it, because of my first problem).

So I'm not apathetic, I want to vote, always did before I moved - but it's not very likely I can.

written 7th 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.