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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 will be spoiling the ballot paper. ...

I will be spoiling the ballot paper. Why? Because I distrust all the parties and the whole political process, I want to register that fact, and it provides some amusement for the staff at the count.

written 17th Apr 2005


Rachel Dorman replies: Could someone explain to me the purpose of 'spoiling a ballot paper'?

If I choose not to vote for any party because there's not one I like, I see little point in dragging myself down to the polling station to waste a sheet of paper. My time would be be better spent elsewhere, doing an elderly neighbour's shopping for example.

Or at best, I would consider going to the polling station and collecting the ballot form, taking it out with me and dropping it into the local recycling bank, so at least it wouldn't end up a waste of printing, sitting on a landfill site. Or I could make a paper plane and entertain myself at home for a bit, and then recycle it. (Are we allowed to take them out with us?)

written 20th 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.