Don’t agree with any of the candidates on the ballot paper?
If you do not feel aligned to any of the political parties or candidates in your area then there is ‘Blank Voting’. Staying at home makes you a statistic, it is presumed that you are just uninterested in politics or the election and didn’t bother to have your say.
By actively going to the polling station and not selecting any candidate (leaving your ballot paper blank), you become a voice for the disengaged.
The total number Blank Votes are read out at the count in each constituency, along with the results, your apathy towards the candidates and political parties will be heard and not forgotten.
Having large percentages of ‘blank votes’ will tell politicians that there is a group of voters who are dissatisfied with the choice available to them. They may start to try and work out why, and possibly make changes in order to attract this demographic. They will not make changes if they cannot see that these votes are there to be ‘won’ – i.e if you didn’t submit your ballot paper at all.
Spoiling your ballot? You are welcome to also spoil your ballot as a sign of protest, like blank votes, the total number of spoilt ballots will be read out at the count. However, during the count process the candidates are sometimes able to make a case that some spoiled ballots are actually indicating a preference for someone in particular, therefore they could still be counted as a vote! Thus it is a lot easier to leave your ballot totally blank.