Scotland has voted – but what about the next U.K. one?
Phew. Scotland has decided, and people can now turn their attention to other matters British in the news. But for how long before voting once again rears its head? It won’t be long before voters will be making yet other major decisions at the polling Stations. Do I vote, ‘no’, ‘yes’ or how does any individual make sure that the results of the polls are true and representative of everyone. Think about it? Someone else has already done so, and puts forward an interesting idea on ‘alternative’ voting. Who is it? Maybe that does not matter, but the contents of their thinking DOES. Comments anyone?
“Which party would you choose to vote for in the next elections in the UK? How many of us are fed up with the lies that all political parties seem to turn out when seeking our electoral votes then once they are in office, what do we see? How many of us have felt that it is our obligation to vote in any of the UK elections (providing that we are eligible to do so) but have felt at a loss as to who to actually vote for? As a UK citizen it is our duty to vote for our next government and so we should after all if you do not exercise your vote then you are hardly in a position to complain about the current government and its policies.
I know of many people who for various reasons have made the conscious decision not to vote and some of them are just out of pure laziness and can’t be bothered to queue up at the polling station, some cannot decide who to vote for therefore do not bother, others do not have enough time, however, the most important one to me is: I actually do want to vote but none of the current political parties or their policies appeal to me and as such I do not feel they are worthy of my vote. By not going to vote at all just shows the government that there is voter apathy and they will then seek alternative ways to get individuals to vote without having to physically visit the polling stations i.e. via computers, phones, lower the voting age etc.
In my mind there is no excuse for the first 3 options in the above paragraph however if, like me, you fall in the last category then this undoubtedly is the message that you want to put across. Many of us are not aware that there is an alternative vote for people who wish to express their views that they are disillusioned with the current parties and their policies that are on offer and it is the rarely heard of ‘Blank Vote’. It is with this ‘Blank Vote’ that you can get across to the different political parties that you are not happy with any of the current political offerings (parties and their manifesto’s) and as the original advertising slogan said ‘It does exactly what it says on the tin’.
The ‘Blank Vote’ may well be your answer. You still have to make the effort to pop along to your polling station and register as normal which still would not get those that are too lazy to vote however it is only then that it becomes your time to make your protest because without writing anything at all on the ballot sheet you just pop it directly into the ballot box. Whatever you may feel you want to write to express your disillusionment it is extremely important that you DO NOT write anything on your voting slip, leave it completely blank!
Many years ago I felt that I had to vote but for which party? I did not feel that any of the parties were worthy of my vote so prior to knowing about the ‘Blank Vote’ I went into the polling station and scrolled a large cross over the entire ballot sheet thinking that I had made my protest, I had not realised that this would be counted as a rejected vote. Anything other than a cross in the one of the designated boxes would be classed as a rejected vote. For further information on Blank Votes see: http://www.blankvote.org.uk/blank_votes_count.html
by Marion Stuart and ‘anon’