What Happens If You Don’t Vote?
Ever wondered what happens if you 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 affect the result.
However, it is sometimes true that some campaigns do better if turnout is low in particular demographics. It is also the case that in many constituencies in 2019 there were more non-voters than votes for the winning candidate – Find out how many people in your constituency didn’t vote in 2019.
You won’t be fined or arrested for not voting, although councils can technically fine you for not registering to vote in some circumstances (more info on this here).
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’ or spoiling your ballot, rather than abstaining, if you do not agree with any of the options on the ballot paper.