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

They're not voting because...

Have to vote absentee ballot (not in...

List of reasons:
Have to vote absentee ballot (not in UK), didn't find out until *after* the deadline had passed.

UK still has a representative democracy, not a real democracy. (read this as an elected aristocracy, it amounts to the same thing)

Parties are a terrible idea - how can you agree with a manifesto? Answer you can't, I agree with X of one and Y of another and Z of yet another - oh and endorsing either X, Y, or Z means ignoring the two options that I'd really like to support.

Tories: Jingoistic, racist, whatever, I have a "foreign", "immigration-seeking" wife - think I'll vote for them?

Labour: ID card bill, Prevention of Terrorism Act, WMD, Iraq, Suspension of habeas corpus,Trial by jury limitations - Blair, Blunkett and Jack Straw are 3 of the most right-wing politicians that have ever had a sniff of power in the UK.

One last thought:
When enough people give up on the political process, doesn't it suggest that the process needs to be changed? Free-market capitalism with a dash of democracy is no longer viewed as the best option, we should change the system - problem is that trying to do so is at best extremely difficult.

written 8th Apr 2005


michael replies: Elements of direct democracy could help, by providing meaningful ways to participate and reminding politicians who is in charge. See

written 8th 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.