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

They're not voting because...

is it worth losing my citizenship for?

even though i have been a british national for nearly 10 years, and this is my permanant home, i am still not ALLOWED to vote.

I am ELEGIBLE to become a UK citizen, BUT : I *could* go ahead and pay over 200 that i don't have, fill out the application form (which is apparantly what the 200 is needed for!), pledge allegiance to the queen in a public ceremony (which in and of itself i have no problem with doing), risk losing my original citizenship because i pledged my allegance to the queen in a PUBLIC ceremony (which i DO have a problem with doing), when voting is the ONLY legal thing that i can not do in this country with my current (and permanant) immagration status.

is one vote that would probably be going anyway to the party that has won in my constituancy for at least the last 30 years, and losing my citizenship to my home country so that it becomes difficult to travel there, and spending money that i don't have to pay for a vote that probably wouldn't make any difference actually worth it??

no, i don't think so either.

written 11th Apr 2005


def replies: why are you in this country then if it's so bad

written 12th Apr 2005

Anonymous replies: don't put words in my mouth that i never said.

written 12th Apr 2005

Lodjer replies: I agree that it is good that you have the choice of whether to pledge allegiance to the queen, and I agree entirely with your decision not to.

I just wish I could UNpledge.

written 12th Apr 2005

original poster replies: thank you, lodjer, for respecting my decision not to become a british citizen at this time.

i actually don't have a problem pledging allegiance to the queen, *or* to this country. this is very much my home now, and contrary to the conclusion that 'def' inaccurately jumped to, i love it here and don't think at all that it is "so bad".

it's losing my own citizenship (my country does not recognize duel citizens) and paying for the vote (i can't believe that there is between 200 and 300 worth of administration to pay for in processing one appication) that i have a problem with.

written 12th Apr 2005

Jeffrey replies: It does seem a little xenophobic to prevent permanent immigrants here from having the vote until they spend 200 for an application form.

written 14th Apr 2005

Archie replies: It is perfectly normal in most countries to allow only national citizens to vote.

written 23rd 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.