#Option2Spoil – The Integrity of Politics is at stake

What is a ‘Spoilt Ballot’, is this important, does it really matter?

Everyone is entitled to their own ideology and opinion, not everyone will agree and that is ok. But I do hope this metaphor will encourage you to at least discuss the issue.

Within sex education, I believe that understanding the emotions that are generated through a physical relationship, are more important than just acknowledging the existence of the LGBT community. But if you do not acknowledge the existence of the LGBT within sex education, you have some serious issues!

Within our electoral system you have an option to intentionally spoil your ballot paper. This allows you take part in the general election without offering your support to a specific party or candidate. So if you don’t want the ‘straight’ choice, there is an alternative out there.

I know elections and sex (at lest for most people) are very different (but if that’s what gets you up or opens you out, all power to you) but I think there are some similar issues, all be it at slightly different evolutionary stages (and that is ‘evolutionary’ in relation to acceptance).

There are currently millions of people who don’t get involved with ‘voting’ as they don’t know that there is choice out there that resonates with their views.

That choice is #Option2Spoil.

It might not be for you, but you should at least tell people that it exists.

WILL YOU HELP?

Enough with the appeal, here are my facts, and judge for your self.

First of all a 1 minute quiz with open access for all to the results including 8 gender identity choices:

So who should be telling us of our option to spoil?

Politicians want us to think they are honest, perhaps they do?

Conservatives?

Conservative spoil vote Screenshot from 2015-05-04 12:26:08

Labour?

Labour vots spoil Screenshot from 2015-05-04 12:32:55

Lib Dems?

Screenshot from 2015-05-04 12:27:26

Green Party?

Green Party Spoil Screenshot from 2015-05-04 12:24:46

UKIP?

UKIP vote spoil Screenshot from 2015-05-04 12:34:31

Trade Union and Socialist Coalition?

TUSC spoil vote Screenshot from 2015-05-04 12:35:57

Ok so what about the institutions involved with political eduction in the UK

www.GOV.uk

They do have a number of search hits, but none tell you why you may wish to intentionally spoil your ballot.

gov.uk Screenshot from 2015-05-04 15:56:51

www.ElectoralCommission.org.uk

They do have a number of search hits as well, but we still do not have information as to why you may wish to intentionally spoil your ballot.

Electoral Commission Screenshot from 2015-05-04 16:08:41

They do have one link that acknowledges ballot papers can be spoiled intentionally, but if you look at the URL its related to referendums. In addition, I have not managed to navigate from the previous page (using the url) to this one..?

How do you get from http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/find-information-by-subject/elections-and-referendums/past-elections-and-referendums/referendums

to here http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/find-information-by-subject/elections-and-referendums/past-elections-and-referendums/referendums/help

Electoral commision navigation problem Screenshot from 2015-05-04 16:17:50

http://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/

Well they have a few references to spoilt votes and in some of their own reports they suggest that an increase of spoilt ballots could reduce the legitimacy of a result. But they are “to busy trying to reform our electoral process” to educate us about how our current one works.

ERS spoil vote Screenshot from 2015-05-04 16:23:10

www.HansardSociety.org.uk/

They have 4 links. The top of the list mentions spoilt ballot papers and follows shortly that putting ‘none of the above’ would give voters a clear choice to express there dissatisfaction with politics. I guess it is a shame that they do not make the link between the two, and that it was published in 2006.

Hansard Screenshot from 2015-05-04 16:30:44

http://www.MockElections.co.uk/

This is managed by the Hansard Society. Although it looks like zero results, they do mention that you need to separate out the spoilt ballots during the counting phase, but then fail to mention what a spoilt ballot is in their jargon buster or anywhere else in their downloadable material.

mock election Screenshot from 2015-05-04 16:36:51

http://www.BBC.co.uk/

The bastion of independent news and education within the UK? Well it does have selection of articles, with several people mentioning they will spoil their ballot paper. But no education as to what it is.bbc spoil vote search Screenshot from 2015-05-04 16:44:55For more detail on this subject please see my other blog, #Option2Spoil Facts

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