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Voters, Decline Your Ballot

Well, the previous post was a bust, no?  Hoping to instigate a party for the downtrodden and … nada.  Not so much as a comment. Well, maybe it was a silly idea, given the short election cycle and the fact that my attempt to advertise in the Globe and Mail was dumb  since Globe readers are the most winningest in the system.

So if the rest of us ain’t a winner, I guess we’re the losers!? Party of Losers? Why not? The System here has three parties, let me reiterate: Party/Big Gov’t, Party/Big Biz, Party/Big Unions.  Each pretends to work for everybody, Joe the Plumber, the family, etc. As long as losers keep swallowing this lie, the status quo continues. As the pension & debt issues (unfunded liabilities) go unresolved, the music is building to a mighty crash. Wagner! Until the losers get their own party, there is no use for non-voters to vote.

As I said in previous blogs on this subject, ppl who don’t vote say: ‘ They’re all the same, they all lie, they do what they want anyway.’ If you want to see this spelled out, watch, if you can stomach it, TVO’s The Agenda. Their May 21 episode featured a number of such non-voters and a couple of  cynical System wonks who explained matter-of-factly why it is necessary for politicians to lie, etc. They give no solutions other than avoiding the Greens and being a smart enough lie detector, one who can guess the reality behind the lie and what will really ‘go down’. Natch, he didn’t really want you to wake up – and start a new party to properly represent the losers.

If you’re in the bottom third or the middle third, if you feel like you’ve been losing, what to do?  Well, you could pick a fringe or independent candidate that you do like.  However the way they/we’ve been dismissed by the media makes it so unlikely for any such candidate to ever be elected, that your vote, while at least honest, would be wasted. If you try to vote strategically, then you’re being dishonest and if you’re dishonest, it’s illogical and kinda dumb to expect the politician you vote for to be honest.  As they explained.

The only thing left to do,  is to make your unhappiness known to the System. Fortunately this can be done, more or less, by going to the polling station and asking to DECLINE your ballot. As Elections Ontario suggests below, declined votes are counted as people indicating  NOTA – none of the above. They also count  SPOILed  and BLANK ballots. Ballots are spoiled by goofs, scribbling, sloppy marks outside the allotted spaces or multiple marks. It is more difficult to ascribe an intent to a blank or spoiled ballot, since there could be ignorance, language difficulties, confusion etc .  and there is no way to decide for each case.  DECLINE your ballot instead.  Imperfect but better than nothing.

If you’d like to help spread this message, I think we should post yellow stickies with the words ‘DECLINE YOUR BALLOT JUNE 12’ printed in bold.  Stick them everywhere, including on election signs. The better they stick, the more they say, the more ppl will be educated about their real options.

Results for my riding in previous election

  • “Rejected as to marking” 153
  • “Unmarked” 49
  • “Declined by Voter” 14
  • Total Voter Turnout 39,743
  • Names on list 89,908

So let’s say 100 to 150 people wished to express NOTA, but only 14 did so semi-explicitly.  I asked Elections Ontario to give us an explicit option on the ballot and am still waiting for a response.  Perhaps you’d like to send them an email too.  If we got together, maybe we could ask for an injunction to force the issue?

 

Response from Elections Ontario to my request for info. 

Thank you for contacting Elections Ontario.   Electors do indeed have the option of submitting a vote of non-confidence. According to the Ontario Election Act, an elector may return a ballot to the Returning Officer to decline to vote:

“Declined ballot 53. An elector who has received a ballot and returns it to the deputy returning officer declining to vote, forfeits the right to vote and the deputy returning officer shall immediately write the word “declined” upon the back of the ballot and preserve it to be returned to the returning officer and shall cause an entry to be made in the poll record that the elector declined to vote. R.S.O. 1990, c. E.6, s. 53. Under the act, the declined ballot is recorded and thus the does satisfy the option you suggest of a ‘none of the above [candidate]’ ballot casting. The declined ballots are recorded and would serve that purpose. This information is recorded under the Ballot Statement of the Poll.”

For more information on the voting process, please consult our online guide here – which includes mentions of declining a ballot:

http://www.elections.on.ca/NR/rdonlyres/E61AA9C4-CA1B-4F0B-AAB4-85EB9884950B/0/VotingInOntProvincialElections.pdf

Declined ballots are counted and documented along with the rest of the poll results. For example, the link below directs you to the 2011 General Elections Results, and as you will note, there is a section for “BALLOTS DECLINED BY VOTERS”

http://www.elections.on.ca/en-CA/Tools/2011GEPollByPoll.htm

We hope this helps.

Sincerely, Elections Ontario

51 Rolark Drive Toronto, Ontario M1R 3B1

E-mail: info@elections.on.ca

Elections Ontario http://www.elections.on.ca 1.888.668.8683 Fax: 416.326.6210

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Voters – Fed Up yet?

A special welcome to non-voters – this site is for you.

And yes, I’m certainly fed up.

  • Secret trade deals, jobs lost to China & tax haven corporations, Globalism
  • Corruption, hidden expenses, junkets, brown envelopes.
  • Gravy Train, overpaid civil servants, gold plated pensions – for them.  Austerity, white elephants (ie. windmills), service cuts for us.  Income trusts gone.  Canada Post near gone.  Gas plant a minus half billion.  Traditions gone.
  • Unsustainable problems (fiscal, social, environmental), non-transparency, no term limits, useless backbenchers, back room politics, social engineering, handouts
  • Banksters, bail outs, bail-ins, bonuses, overspending, debt/pension time bomb (bad money), inflation, bad statistics,
  • and a media that promotes all this

Just my pet peeves- dozens more.

Then there’s all the folks who gave up voting or who voted strategically.    Now’s our chance to change this scenario.  If we don’t change  democratically now, you will see blood later.   It’s like they’ve got the fences built and they’re trying to close the (technology) gate from which there will be no escape.

Non-voters feel ‘There’s no use voting, they all lie, they all do the same thing anyway.’  That’s because the Party of Big Government (Liberal), the Party of Big Business (PC), and the Party of Big Unions (NDP) have become in effect, one big party which I call The System.  Others call it The Establishment. The system benefits its corporate sponsor.   They get away with it because of OUR apathy.  However, the System is becoming unstable, like a stool missing a leg.  Occupy thought it was 1% vs 99% but this is inaccurate –  a third of the people, enjoy the system.  They vote!  Duh.

Let’s not argue over a false left-right paradigm.  Bigger government or smaller government is no longer the critical issue.    Canada is being sold off to tax havens by corporations, who now buy politics in the back room to rob us of our jobs, rights, privacy, data, democracy and wealth.  They’re rushing us to sign trade and climate treaties to nail the democratic coffin shut (rules & taxation without representation— ie rule by new appointed, extranational tribunals).  Same thing around the world.

Are you sickened by how this affects the common person?  Do you think there must be a better answer than globalism –  or fascism or social capitalism or  oligopoly or whatever you call it?  If so, we should do something, the obvious thing being to start a new political party from the ground up.  A party to focus on common people left out of The System – non-unionized workers, unemployed/ part timers, independent business people (mom & pops, self employed), farmers – the 66%.  If we started a Party of Non-Voters, it would be the biggest party by far. Not a bad name either!

The place to start right now is in Ontario, with an election pending on June 12.  There is still time (barely) to form/ register a party and run, even if only a few candidates.  A few new/ misaligned MPPs can make a lot of noise in the legislature.  If we do it right, we’ll gain attention and credibility.  We can see the trend for independent parties in Alberta,  Saskatchewan and Quebec–why not in Ontario?

What’s essential right now is to form a core group in different ridings, of people who are willing to be a candidate.  Without candidates, we can’t form a party.  What a candidate needs is determination not to lets little things like money, time, experience be excuses to take no action.  Starting something like this can be quite modest.  Just getting registered is a victory.   Talk to your friends and see if you can find some support, donations, etc.  in your riding.  Everyone can help (and vote).  Maybe we should call it Coalition of the Willing!  Just kidding.

Please leave a message here.  What’s on your mind?  Let us know what you’d like to do, especially if you’re from Ontario.  We can then hook up and figure out platforms, party name, and all the good stuff.

Bob Green Innes.

Hamilton.