Ok people, this is HUGE. You may recall that the parliamentary Political & Constitutional Reform Committee looking into voter engagement recently published a set of proposed changes to the electoral system which included ‘None of the above’ – but only in the context of possibly introducing compulsory voting.
Today, they are launching a survey to gauge the public’s views of their proposals. Thanks to our lobbying, it includes this question:
“6. Should “None of the above” be an option on the ballot paper?”
This is significant, to say the least, as it is the first time, to my knowledge, that NOTA has ever been seriously discussed and put forward by a parliamentary committee as a possible reform in and of itself.
Here’s the Committee’s press release.
And here is the survey.
You know what to do!
Let’s seize this opportunity with both hands and make the call for real NOTA ‘with teeth’ absolutely overwhelming.
If you need further inspiration, here’s my additional comment on question 6:
“Should “None of the above” be an option on the ballot paper?
Absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt. But it must be implemented properly i.e.: with formalised consequences for the result if the majority choose it. This kind of NOTA ‘with teeth’ is the only way to formally withhold consent at an election, something you must be able to do in a true democracy, consent being central to the concept of democracy itself. Having this option would level the playing field considerably and put more power in the hands of voters, almost certainly leading to further desirable democratic reform further down the line. Although it remains a travesty that this has not happened before, given how important NOTA is, I welcome the fact that this is FINALLY being discussed seriously. Well done everybody!”
ONWARDS & UPWARDS!