Rob McQueen here. I have a question for anyone that is voter experimentally inclined. In one election, I asked a polling clerk “whose ballot is this”. He said “it is your ballot”. To which I said “I mean, whosssse ballot is this?” and for clarity I asked “Is it my possession? Does that mean that I could walk out of this polling station with my ballot as a protest? A missing ballot would send a clearer message than me declining my ballot. My declined ballot would be simply forgotten with the others”.
My thinking is ,have you ever heard on election night, Joe Blow for the Conservatives got ________ votes, Jane Doe for the Liberals got ____ , the NDP_____……. and there were 111 declined ballots and ballots with protest messages on their ballots). Who knows how many ballots are protests? Election Ontario/Canada doesn’t care, the media, they don’t care, everyone is simply wanting to get on with the illusion of Democracy (Election) and to get to the winners and mostly losers.
Back to the polling clerk, to which he told me that it would be considered a theft” and then he proceeded to get some big guy to stand at the door to make sure that I didn’t walk out with the ballot.
My wife told me that “they think that you are crazy?”, to which I say, “if I didn’t understand the intricacies of the system I wouldn’t be able to think it through to ask the question, whose ballot is it? Is the ballot my possession or is the ballot on loan to me until I mark my ballot?” Who says we have to play by their rules, oh, that’s right we don’t have a say anyways, and it’s apparent that now goes for OUR election as well.
So, whose ballot is it, mine …….. and yours, or does the ballot belong to the Government, and they, as usual, with a minimum of thinking, declare that they are our ballots? Is it that they have done the minimum of thinking, or is it that they think that we are too stupid to think this far. The point is critical because if I ended up in Court for a stolen ballot this is the very point that it will come down to and whether the Judge will find me guilty of a real offense, or not. Perhaps it will come down to the same point, as was found in a BC Courtroom, where protesters were charged with destroying their ballots, they set up blenders with orange juice in them, threw their ballots in, pressed puree and walla, flavourful drink. I’m sure they raised a glass in toast to their splendid protest.
I remind you that this really happened. The protesters were arrested and had their day in Court and what did it come down to? The Judge asked the Prosecutor, “What is the value of this ballot?” There was no real value to the ballot, so the determination had to be brought down to the cost of the paper and printing. It was determined the ballot would have been less than a dollar, to whit, the Judge said that while he is making judgements on cars etc. being stolen, that he didn’t have the time to try a case where the value of the destruction was so little.
Another thought. I have actually declined my ballot several times, three times to be exact. In the last 11 elections I have only voted for a human 3 times. Doing the math, I have spoiled my ballot by writing on it 5 times. I debated on the effectiveness of the declined ballot and decided that no one even knows what ticks me off. So I began writing on my ballot so that at least the Scrutineers, that count the ballots after the polling is done, would know and hopefully tell their candidates.
I am actually thinking of setting up a mock polling station outside of a polling station as a demonstration. That way those who decide to protest the system, or the lack of good candidates, or even that there JUST ISN’T ANYONE PARTY WITH ANY DECENT IDEAS OUT THERE, they could come to my polling booth and then we could read out our reasons for our discontent. Elections Ontario has not yet provided us with a way to make our declined ballot count, or a way to express our reasoning for our discontent. This would give voice to the voiceless. Is there anyone out there that is with me?
I put it out to the angry voters, be creative in your voting, and enjoy the only day that the politicians actually want your input. Ontarians, enjoy your Democracy Day.