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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 will not be voting because, despite...

I will not be voting because, despite what is said, it is not a secret vote. You go to a polling station and the first thing they do is put a number, copied from a master list, onto your ballot paper. That way they know how you voted. I have only voted once and that was when I came of age, 40 years ago. Bring in a real secret ballot and I will vote again.

written 17th Apr 2005


James Farrar replies: I can understand why you say this, but the argument is disingenuous. "They" can only know how you vote if they get a court order to un-seal the records. Without this provision, proving the Labour Party's massive fraud in Birmingham last year would have been impossible.

written 17th Apr 2005

Mark Scott replies: I fail to see why this should be an issue. This is not a police state. No-one is going to persecute you for voting any way you choose. I doubt that anyone really cares enough about one vote. It seems a very feeble excuse to me.

written 17th Apr 2005

Colin replies: I live in E1 not far from Brick Lane on an estate that is mostly Bengali. If I vote BNP and there is trouble on my estate, who is going to be hauled up by the police?

written 17th 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.