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Look, you know and I know that I want you all to go out and vote Lib Dem, despite (or maybe even because of) any misgivings you might have. But I also know some of you don't want to do that. I equally know that there are a lot of you who are of the "You're all a bunch of bastards; I wouldn't trust any of you; a pox on all your houses" stripe, and that sometimes people who think that way don't vote.

If you're of that mindset, please please please go and spoil your ballot. I have two major reasons for saying this:
  1. If you don't vote at all, politicians call it voter apathy. They think you're lazy, that you can't be arsed, and that you don't care, and that they can therefore shaft you as hard as they like and you won't do anything about it. Spoilt ballots are counted. Show your dissatisfaction with the system.

  2. As a politician I regularly attend election verifications and counts. One of the best bits is when you get to see all the spoilt ballots. You see, the thing about a spoilt ballot is that all the candidates/agents in attendance have to agree whether or not it's a spoilt ballot - that no clear voting intention can be discerned from the paper. So if you write something on it, everyone from all the parties will see it. Labour and Tories tend to tut about such things, but as a Liberal I am fully in favour of voters expressing themselves however they choose, and also at the end of a long night some entertainment is always welcome.
So how do you go about spoiling your ballot?
  • It's important that no clear voting intention can be discerned. One way to achieve this is to put something in every box on the paper. A little drawing of some kind, perhaps, or make the ballot into an acrostic if there's enough boxes.

  • Draw another name and box on the bottom of the paper and vote for RON or "none of the above" or even "leave position vacant". In police and crime commissioner elections it has become traditional to vote for Officer Crabtree, Judge Dredd, or Commissioner Gordon.

  • If you have a postal vote you can tear it up; this doesn't work in ballot boxes on the day, though

  • Be creative! We get lots with variants of "You're all wankers" or little penises drawn in all the tickyboxes. Do something more fun.
You've still got almost 4 hours, if you've not been to a polling station already, to go and vote. It's not a lot of effort, and even if you spoil your ballot you'll still be making a valuable contribution, if only to the entertainment of tired politicians at the end of polling day. So please do.

Date: Thursday, May 5th, 2016 07:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hollymath
During one of the evenings I spent doing clerical stuff for John Leech, someone was telling a story about a ballot that had a carefully-drawn cock in the box next to the Tory candidate. Because the drawing was very neatly in the box, and nothing else was on the paper, it was agreed that this expressed a voter intention. So it ended up being a vote for the Tory, even though the person clearly wanted to say that they were a dick.

Date: Thursday, May 5th, 2016 08:32 pm (UTC)
pseudomonas: (Default)
From: [personal profile] pseudomonas
I heard a similar tale with a swastika. No idea if it's true though.

Missing the point

Date: Thursday, May 5th, 2016 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I think you may be missing the point - perhaps by about a thousand miles or so.

People who think politicians are a bunch of bastards are very unlikely to give a flying **** about what those politicians may think or say, and are even less likely to inconvenience themselves in order to give party workers any entertainment at the end of their long night.


Re: Missing the point

Date: Friday, May 6th, 2016 06:31 pm (UTC)
ceb: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ceb
Vote counters (who have 0 to do with any of the parties) also see them and are grateful for the entertainment in a long and boring night. So be nice to a random vote counter! They will appreciate it.

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