Below is some suggested text for any NOTA supporters wanting to take part in the parliamentary Political and Constitutional Reform Committee’s public consultation into ‘voter engagement’ (Deadline: Friday 14th January):
“I welcome the committee’s decision to include the possibility of having a formal ‘None of the Above’ (NOTA) option added to the UK ballot paper as part of its public consultation into ‘voter engagement’. However, I am disappointed that this is only in the context of possibly making voting compulsory.
I feel strongly that NOTA is an essential democratic pre-requisite that should be an option at elections regardless of whether voting is made compulsory or not.
If properly implemented, it has the potential to be a game changing reform that would not only engage the many millions of registered and unregistered voters who currently choose to abstain, but also level the playing field considerably, potentially leading to long overdue wider democratic reform of our entire system of government.
With that in mind, I urge you to consider introducing NOTA as an electoral reform in and of itself.”
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