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

They're not voting because...

there is no minimum % of eligible voters...

there is no minimum % of eligible voters required. How can a system be called democraratic if a majority of eligible voters can choose 'none of the above' and a minoirty candidate is declared the winner

PLUS the boundaries are fixed; the system gives votes to whoever the ruling party is; its 1st-past-the-post; it is 1000 deposit which excludes the poor and is undemocratic
and the electorate are kept politically illiterate

written 12th Apr 2005


Matt replies: I think the assumption that people who don't vote are choosing "none of the above" is jumping to conclusions a little. Many people have no interest in politics, some forget to vote, some decide not to vote because they are in a safe seat; it is impossible to say how many are trying to cast a "None of the above" vote.

In order to ensure a majority of our ever-increasingly apathetic population elect a leader we would have to make voting compulsary (which is an infringement on civil liberties but done in some European countries) and then eliminate the lowest scoring candidate(s) until each constituency only has 2 people running- then have a second, third or twenty sixth round of voting between the 2 survivors...

Finally, I believe you get your 1000 deposit back if you get more than a certain percentage or certain number of votes. I think this is fair enough as it excludes people standing for a laugh and making a mockery of the British political process.

written 12th 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.