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    There's a by-election in my area today. I wanted to vote, but I don't like any of the candidates. I used to vote for the Lib-Dems, but after their track record in the coalition I can no longer support them. I don't like Labour either, especially after their behaviour in the retrospective workfare law change vote.

    My only other option is an independent. I'd never heard of him, so I did some online research and found pictures of him posing with guns in front of Nazi flags and a picture of Hitler. He's a white nationalist who wants an all-white Britain, and he's a big fan of eugenics. He's also anti-gay and anti-charity. Scary thing is that he won nearly 26 percent of the vote last time, and with the lack of options available, he may do better this time around. How many people research their candidates, after all? He sells himself as a hardworking farmer and a community-spirited type of bloke.

    I was surprised at the lack of other candidates. No Conservatives, no UKIP, no Green Party.

    It's annoying, really. I think it's important to vote, but I can't tick the box for any of them, as it doesn't feel right. Have you ever been in that position? If so, what did you do?
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    You should spoil your ballot. That way you've exercised your right to vote, but made clear your lack of support for each candidate.
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    (Original post by tjf8)
    You should spoil your ballot. That way you've exercised your right to vote, but made clear your lack of support for each candidate.
    Thanks! I've considered that, but will it make any difference? Will they pay any attention to it? I assume spoiled ballots simply get thrown out?
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    (Original post by Kittiara)
    Thanks! I've considered that, but will it make any difference? Will they pay any attention to it? I assume spoiled ballots simply get thrown out?
    I think they count them anyway.
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    (Original post by tjf8)
    I think they count them anyway.
    Excellent, thanks! I'll go and do that. Show that I am bothered enough to turn up, but don't approve of the (lack of) options.
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    (Original post by Kittiara)
    There's a by-election in my area today. I wanted to vote, but I don't like any of the candidates. I used to vote for the Lib-Dems, but after their track record in the coalition I can no longer support them. I don't like Labour either, especially after their behaviour in the retrospective workfare law change vote.

    My only other option is an independent. I'd never heard of him, so I did some online research and found pictures of him posing with guns in front of Nazi flags and a picture of Hitler. He's a white nationalist who wants an all-white Britain, and he's a big fan of eugenics. He's also anti-gay and anti-charity. Scary thing is that he won nearly 26 percent of the vote last time, and with the lack of options available, he may do better this time around. How many people research their candidates, after all? He sells himself as a hardworking farmer and a community-spirited type of bloke.

    I was surprised at the lack of other candidates. No Conservatives, no UKIP, no Green Party.

    It's annoying, really. I think it's important to vote, but I can't tick the box for any of them, as it doesn't feel right. Have you ever been in that position? If so, what did you do?
    Why not Labour?
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    (Original post by ApresAlkan)
    Why not Labour?
    Iraq, Atos, an increasing intrusion on privacy, to name a few things. And more recently they abstained in the vote to retrospectively change the law on workfare.

    Call me jaded, but it seems to me like the big three parties are all in it together. There isn't a whole lot of difference anymore. No matter who you vote for out of them, you get more of the same.

    I'm disappointed that the Green Party didn't run this time. If they had, I would have voted for them. I don't agree with everything they stand for, but voting for Labour/Tories/Lib Dem hasn't done much good.

    As it was, the only alternative was a racist who even Stormfront thinks is nuts .
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    I don't like Labour by any stetch, but I'd still vote for them over the candidate you describe.
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    (Original post by Nick100)
    I don't like Labour by any stetch, but I'd still vote for them over the candidate you describe.
    Oh believe me, that candidate most certainly did not get my vote!

    I did ponder voting for one of the other two to help keep him out. I really did. But it simply did not feel right to vote for anyone who I don't trust.

    Of course, should creepy candidate be elected, I'll be banging my head on my desk. Because it would mean that a) people don't research who they're voting for or b) they did research who they're voting for, and they decided that what they really want is a homophobic, racist Hitler fan, which would be worse.

    I reckon Labour will win, though.
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    (Original post by Kittiara)
    There's a by-election in my area today. I wanted to vote, but I don't like any of the candidates. I used to vote for the Lib-Dems, but after their track record in the coalition I can no longer support them. I don't like Labour either, especially after their behaviour in the retrospective workfare law change vote.

    My only other option is an independent. I'd never heard of him, so I did some online research and found pictures of him posing with guns in front of Nazi flags and a picture of Hitler. He's a white nationalist who wants an all-white Britain, and he's a big fan of eugenics. He's also anti-gay and anti-charity. Scary thing is that he won nearly 26 percent of the vote last time, and with the lack of options available, he may do better this time around. How many people research their candidates, after all? He sells himself as a hardworking farmer and a community-spirited type of bloke.

    I was surprised at the lack of other candidates. No Conservatives, no UKIP, no Green Party.

    It's annoying, really. I think it's important to vote, but I can't tick the box for any of them, as it doesn't feel right. Have you ever been in that position? If so, what did you do?
    You better vote Labour or I die of hunger.
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    (Original post by Kittiara)
    Thanks! I've considered that, but will it make any difference? Will they pay any attention to it? I assume spoiled ballots simply get thrown out?
    I went to the count last year, they apparently send them somewhere and they get logged down. Amazingly some people actually wrote the reasons why they spoil the ballot and one person gave a really detailed reason.
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    If you're not happy with the choices then feel free to stand as an independent yourself.
 
 
 
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