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I’m not voting

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Despite Tata Tea’s “Jaagore” campaign and almost everyone saying ‘youth should vote’, I’m not voting. I’ll not participate in elections as a voter and this was not at all a hard decision for me.

My reasoning is simple. No politician has convinced me that (s)he is the right person to lead the country I live in. So instead of just voting for the heck of voting, I’ve decided to stay away from the polls. While rest of you will be deciding the fate of India for next five years, I’ll be secretly helping India in my own way.

The Big K


  1. kidakaka

    April 1, 2009

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    Did you know that if you go to the polls, you can indicate that you dont think any candidate is eligible for your vote? (yes there is an option like that as well!!). And do you know if a majority of people vote that way, then those candidates are not allowed to sit for that election and thus invokes a re-election 🙂

  2. Suyash Joshi

    April 1, 2009

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    Besides what Kidakaka said, by not going to vote, you are actually “helping” the “more evil” candidate since you are choosing not to give your vote to the “less evil” candidate.

    I think voting in India in one sense must be made mandatory so that at least the better of the options available come to power… by not voting, you aren’t helping India any way… what say??

    Either go and choose the option “I dont vote for anyone” or choose the lesser of the evils… !!

  3. Kaustubh

    April 2, 2009

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    This is another Kaustubh and not Big K
    I used my voting power 3 times till daye. All the time on machine.
    But I always failed to find any such option on the voting machine!!!!!
    So this option doesn’t work.
    Secondly speaking about voting to a less evil candidate.
    Lets take an analogy, that there are 2 strong candidates in an area ( either of them is bound to win). One of them is a criminal of a kind of murderer and another one has crimes reported of rape.
    So should I vote for the rapist because there are lesser chances that he will try to rape me than the one who might kill me?

  4. The Big K

    April 2, 2009

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    @ Suyash: I can’t give my vote to less evil candidate. In my opinion, I’d better sit at home than press the “I vote for no one” button.

    Let’s say, if huge number of people join me; the election process will come to a halt. The political parties will have to give us a clean, good, confident leader from our regions.

    By the way, are we all 100% sure that there is an option “I vote for no one”?

  5. Ash

    April 3, 2009

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    Hm, the dilemma is, how do we make sure that a “suitable” politician will ever rise to lead the country?

    If you don’t vote, the chances of that remains at status quo, unless you actively express your opinions.

    I agree on voting on the lesser of two evils concept. You cannot expect change quickly. Its always a gradual process. Hopefully, the “evilness” will erode after each voting process.

    The youth vote is also very important because politicians will then realize that the youth are very influential. They would have to keep in mind to satisfy that segment of society, especially in terms of education and future careers. If the youth don’t vote, the politicians will assume that they are just busy wasting time with petty things and do not care where the country is heading to.

  6. magic

    April 3, 2009

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    Do you think we can have a campaign where we promote- Don’t go and vote if you think the candidates are not worthy our votes…not voting is right rather than voting for the wrong. If majority of the population doesn’t go and vote, do you think it will make the contesting parties reconsider their candidates??? and the country will get better quality leaders.

  7. The Big K

    April 3, 2009

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    @Magic: Yes, I think if majority of us abandon the polls, the election commission will have to ‘do something about it’. I believe the parties will give us better candidates.

  8. magic

    April 4, 2009

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    @ Big K.. Then why don’t we all do that…Everyone says change the players, I say change the rules! Our constitution really needs amendments. We should not have these kind of useless candidates in first place.

  9. redcom

    April 4, 2009

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    hi… 1st of all i feel pity on the Election Commission for giving me such an ugly lookin VOTER I.D. Cards… 😀 the older 1s were still better one used by my parents…

    they r really doing a gud job to piss off the youth and loose der interests from politics… at-least all my friends 1st time voter and r highly disappointed with the I.D.

    2ndly No point forcing Election Commission to re-do the elections… practically we dont have any gud ppl in politics… cause POLITICS=DIRT

    3rd I trust a LEADER more then an POLITICIAN and the main difference between them is POLITICIAN pull others down to be on top and a LEADER will work hard to over come opponents and be on top…


  10. redcom

    April 4, 2009

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    New Constitution… No doubt ours is outdated… i dont know my constitution tho but still i can make that statement cause the things around arnt workin well…

    Instead of candidates by will we should be having candidates by qualification… even if i go for a call center job i m asked of my qualification just make/receive a bunch of calls and ask me for my character certificate… HAH… and do we even ask for a metric “10th Std” certificate for an election candidate… or check his police records…

    ohhhh… i m sorry a criminal record is the prime qualification of a Politician… heheheheh

  11. Suyash Joshi

    April 5, 2009

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    @ Big K – comment number 4

    you can’t just sit at home and press the “I don’t vote for anyone” button. You’ve got to go to the booth and “select” the option.
    Of course, if majority of people do this, election process does come to halt and parties will have to provide better candidates next time.

    You can read more about this “feature” here –

    Now you might say, this being a wiki article, it’s authenticity is doubtful. But you can check out some of the other “official / government” links there which do validate this thing. The sad thing is that earlier there was some kind of chain mail about this being in the “constitution of India”, but it is in fact there in the “Conduct of Election Rules 1961”

    However, when I dug a little deep, the option of pressing “none of these” does not entail re-elections.

    So I think, amongst all the options present so far, voting for the less evil candidate is the way to go till the rules are amended for section 49-O for re-elections in case majority opt for it.

    @Ash – comment number 5…

    You’ve really worded out what I had in mind, the “evilness” will gradually erode as we keep on selecting the “less evil” candidate. Way to go !!

    @redcom – comment number 9 …

    don’t know if you know 😀 , we don’t really need voter id cards to register a vote. Our name just needs to be present in the constituency we belong and we can carry any personal identification proof to the voting booth.

  12. The Big K

    April 5, 2009

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    @Suyash: there is no such button. Source:

    “If an elector, after his electoral roll number has been duly entered in the register of voters in Form 17A and has put his signature or thumb impression thereon as required under sub-rule (1) of rule 49L, decided not to record his vote, a remark to this effect shall be made against the said entry in Form 17A by the presiding officer and the signature or thumb impression of the elector shall be obtained against such remark.”

    It’s just called ‘wasting of votes’.

  13. redcom

    April 5, 2009

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    @Suyash… I kno no voter ID cards r mandatory when another ID proof such as drivers license is der… but still if the Election Commission has provided with such an ID at least it should be proper and in this period of technology i can easily scan the id make a copy and use it for wrong purpose if i really wish to…

    1 of my neighbouring lady was having some 1 els’s picture on her id card… is this what u call national ID proof… if i go abroad i feel shame to show my ID like this… its better i show my Driving License its still better… 🙁

  14. Suyash Joshi

    April 5, 2009

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    @ Big K

    Of course, I didn’t mean “the button” to exist literally. And I had already stated in my earlier comment that “choosing” this option has no effect on elections / what some may call wasting of votes.

    What I wanted to convey you was –

    1) it’s better to choose the lesser of the two evils while voting
    2) “choosing” not to vote for any candidate under this section 49-O (at least your opinion is recorded)
    3) abstaining at the polls. (which you are saying – secretly helps the country – pray tell me how ?)

  15. Amit

    April 6, 2009

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    If 49-O even works to register your opinion on not voting, without putting a permanent black mark against the candidates’ careers, I think it’s still effective, because if you do not go to vote in the booth, your vote will still be cast, to either of the “evil” candidates, without you endorsing it.

    So if you can, go and vote.

  16. Suyash Joshi

    April 7, 2009

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    @ Amit…

    Thanks a lot, you just gave me one more reason which I can tell others why people should not abstain from voting !!

  17. The Big K

    April 7, 2009

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    I don’t get this: “your vote will still be cast, to either of the “evil” candidates, without you endorsing it.”

    How can my vote be cast if I don’t vote?

  18. Mayur

    April 8, 2009

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    Because some one will indeed go and vote. One evil candidate will get more than the other evil one and he will win. This will happen through out the India and we will have another evil government just like the UPA.

    Sitting at home and saying ‘I will not vote’ will do nothing good to the society. I dont think election commission will do any thing if we dont go and vote, except conducting the election again.

    We can decide not to vote for a person who has criminal records, who is not literate, who is above 60yrs of age, who is a film star and contesting just for the heck of it… the list is endless actually. And if we adhere to it, we probably might find the right candidates.

  19. The Big K

    April 8, 2009

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    @ Mayur: I agree. The EC may not do anything except conducting the elections again.

    However my conscience does not let me vote for the ‘less evil’ candidate.

  20. Amit

    April 9, 2009

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    Have you been to Bihar, Orissa, East UP or rural Bengal during elections?

    During the times I have voted, I have seen party cadres entering a polling booth, threatening polling officials and putting in false votes against people they are sure are not coming to vote.

    Often times, at the end of the day, the party people sit with the electoral roll, see how many did not turn up, and make up for that many votes on their own.

    And ofcourse there’s the world-famous Bihar politics special – booth-capturing.

    Seriously, do you really think that if you don’t vote, the number of votes cast in your area will be less by 1?

  21. Manas

    May 9, 2010

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    you still did not convince me about WHY EXACTLY SHOULD I VOTE???

    what do you mean by “less evil” candidate? how can YOU or I or ANYBODY determine who is “less evil” and by what margin 😀

    They’re all evil, suyash. equally evil. they all need to die.

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