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My finals start at 10am on May 5th. ...

My finals start at 10am on May 5th. While my vote may well affect the next 4 years, these finals will affect my degree grade, and thus the rest of my life. On balance, I know which is more important right now.

written 21st Apr 2005


Mike Dimmick replies: Polling stations are open between 7am and 10pm on polling day. You should be able to get to your polling station either before or after your exams - probably after, if my experience is accurate. It only takes about five minutes.

You still have time to apply for a postal or proxy vote.

written 21st Apr 2005

Van Gasten replies: Closing date for application to vote postally in this election is April 26th, and, as Mike says, the polls are open well on either side of any conceivable exam times. This is an effort worth making, kids!

written 21st Apr 2005

tiger43 replies: Oh dear, I might miss my exams, what shall I do? Thats right, you make sure you don`t miss your exams, to hell with the country`s future, if there is one. Don`t be so lame. Get off your fat student arse and vote!!

written 21st Apr 2005

b*ll*x replies: Come on, don't have the time, doesnt affect me, well lets see when you graduate you will be paying tax, using the NHS, etc etc.
dont have the time.....what about those poor sods working 12 hour shifts who find the time.
were you happy with tuition fees, never complained, just sat back and accepted them, happy with the repayments on your student loan?
Grow up accept your adult responsibilties and vote, this is not apathy this is lazy!

written 22nd Apr 2005

Gavin replies: There's nothing wrong with the student loan system. It's very reasonable. You get plenty of money to live on, you're only in trouble if you waste your money on booze (well, OK, if you have rich parents who won't support you or insist upon going to university somewhere that has very high rental prices, it could be a bit tight, so you might have to get a job in the ample holidays). And I am a recent graduate, BTW.

It's good to hear from a student who is taking his / her course so seriously. It takes longer than just the time to go to the ballet box - you do have to figure out who to vote for. I'm sure plenty of people have spent many hours looking into the choices. You need to keep a clear head for your finals.

written 23rd Apr 2005

Hamish replies: I'm afraid I have to break it to you: the reason you're not voting *is* apathy. You could easily make it to a polling station, or get a postal or proxy vote, but you don't care enough to do so. If it weren't your finals, it would probably be a football match, or a trip to the shops, or whatever. There's always something more important to do than vote; it's not like your vote is going to make a difference anyway, is it? You are pretty much the textbook example of apathetic.

written 24th Apr 2005

Michael replies: Hamish, feeling like your vote will not make a difference (and therefore placing other activities at a higher priority) is not apathy, lack of interest, lack of concern or indifference.

written 25th Apr 2005

Anonymous replies: B*ll*x - Apathy IS Lazy!!!

And Gavin - at last someone who agrees with me. Yes - the student loan system is very reasonable! (Myself also being a recent graduate).

written 1st May 2005

Julie replies: I have to say this is pure laziness and short-sightedness on a grand scale. My finals start next week and i've been revising for a week or two already but nothing could keep me away from the polling booth on thursday. As soon as you have your first graduate job your degree grade will become meaningless, if its all that important anyway.

written 2nd May 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.