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I'm British, but living in Canada. ...

I'm British, but living in Canada. I'd like a postal vote, but I can't have one that will count.

According to, they'll send it a week before the election, and I need to mail it back to arrive by the end of election day. Since airmail takes about a week each way, there's no way my vote will be counted.

written 16th Apr 2005


square peg replies: Postal voting isn't your only option. You can also vote by Proxy (where you nominate someone to vote on your behalf). This is specifically designed for overseas voters. Details are below:

I don't know if you'll be able to make the arrangements in time. But it should be worth looking at.

written 16th Apr 2005

Matthew replies: I thought somebody might suggest that. It wouldn't be that simple for me, as I don't have anybody whom I could nominate who'd be able to get to the polling station where I last lived.

I could probably nominate somebody somewhere else and have them use a postal vote, but that seems like a lot of hoops for me to ask somebody else to jump through on my behalf. Why I should have to rely on favours from others for my vote to count?

written 16th 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.