Today is another election in Ontario. This will be my 12th election since I began protesting the present Party System election. You know, the parties take control of the election, the people ignore the goings on until the final days, at which time they have to take a little notice, well enough to get in the ballot box to make their tick and do the only democratic act until next election. It is also interesting that this is the only day the politicians want anything from us, they beg for us to vote for them and then after the election they are not interested in hearing from us. Our Servants, really?
So we get to vote, a big whoppy, it is the proof that we have a democracy. Really? So, what do we do if there is no one to vote for; no one worthy of our vote.
I used to ask each candidate one question, and one question only, to determine if that person is worthy of our vote. I asked ” If there is an issue where your constituents think one way and your party thinks a different way, who will you align your vote with, the people, or your party. If the person doesn’t immediately say that they are there for the people I will tell the candidate that he/she is not worth of my vote, and that he/she is not democratic. Then, if there is no one to vote for I will decline my ballot, or more often than not I will spoil my ballot by writing on it. I write on the ballot “None of these people will represent me, rather, they will merely promote the party that they are affiliated with.” And to foil such people as me, the ballot will be in negative, where everything is black except the writing of the names and the circle to make my X. So, not being deterred, I write on the outside of the ballot. I perfer this method to the lame Declined Ballot method, because although the declined ballot is counted, who knows what upsets me, the candidates, the system, or that I ate some cheese last night, so being constipated I’m a bit grumpy that day.
So, my question is, Why isn’t there a systematic place for the spoiled ballot? Is there really a democratic vote without a place for, “None of the above” and a place you can write a message, ” I do not think that the Party System is Democratic”, or, “There was no one that I fat felt I could vote for”. Until we get new ballot that gives disgruntle voters like me the option of a protest vote, we will see the continued decline in voters that believe that voting is a waste of time and that they have no say anyways. It is true. Until Elections Ontario/ Elections Canada do make these changes to the ballots we will continue to have elections still controlled by politician, for the sole purposes of the politicians.
PS. Being tired of politicians doing all the activities during the Ontario Election, I made up my own signs an put them about town. I will be writing a post on that soon.