What happens if you do not vote?

What happens if I don’t vote?

The answer is simply nothing.

If you don’t vote you have not shown preference for anyone standing in the election, or any side in a referendum campaign. Your vote will not be counted for either side or directly effect the result.

However, it is sometimes true that some campaigns do better if turnout is low in particular demographics.

Does my vote get transferred?

No. If you don’t vote your vote does not get transferred to anyone else. You just become another statistic of those that did not turn up.

I don’t agree with any of the options on the ballot paper!

We suggest ‘Blank Voting’ rather than abstaining if you do not agree with any of the options on the ballot paper. You can read more about that here.

Voting isn’t the only way you can have influence over politics. But it is the easiest. Make sure you vote.

Rachael Farrington

Hello! I founded Voting Counts back in 2014, when I was a sixth form student. I'm now studying Politics and History at University and run Voting Counts in my spare time.

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