miss_s_b: (Politics: Liberal)
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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.
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