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

They're not voting because...

I live in a "safe seat".

I live in a "safe seat". What's the point of voting when there is simply no possibility whatsoever that my vote could change anything?

We're never going to see a change, either. Anyone who ends up in power will be there because the current system worked for them. Who in that position would go and change things to make it easier for minority voices to be heard?

written 14th Apr 2005


piersh replies: Your first point is valid - though I suggest you sign up to Charter 88 ( as a constructive step rather than withdraw your vote.

Your second point is not. Changes have actually happened, not all as a result of revolutions, & some as a result of genuinely enlightenment. Think Gorbachev in 89, De Klerk in 90...

written 14th Apr 2005

Jodie replies: In European (and Scottish Parliament, Welsh and London Assembly) there is an element of PR involved in the form of the top-up party lists. So it is only in general elections that "safe seats" occur wholly.

Do you both voting in those elections, or is it really laziness masquerading as principle?

written 15th 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.