This is a non-partisan effort started by the Atlantica Party a provincial party in Nova Scotia. We are an unaffiliated grassroots reform movement intent on fixing politics in Nova Scotia and we see this election as an opportunity to spark debate about political reform at the Federal level since we see many of the same problems at the provincial level. Other than that we have no interest or stake in the outcome of the election.
Isn't it my duty to cast a vote for an existing party?
No one should be forced to endorse a system that needs reform and voting for a party with no reform intentions does just that.
Why should I vote?
You have a political life, whether you like it or not. Voting is the only time you have a say and by not voting you are abandoning our democracy to self serving parties operating in an entrenched dysfunctional system. Not voting is the surest way of keeping things the same.
Why should I blank my ballot?
We believe our political system needs reforming. Simply swapping one party for another is useless since none of them are truly committed to substantive political reform (according to their latest published policies) that Canadians desperately need. Voting for one of the parties sends the wrong message; that the status-quo is just fine. So the only alternative is to leave your ballot blank signalling support for system change.
How do I blank my ballot?
Simple. Just make no mark on it or mark more than one choice. Then hand back your ballot. That's it!
Here is the Elections Act;
Rejection of ballots
284. (1) In examining the ballots, the deputy returning officer shall reject one ...
(b) that has not been marked in a circle at the right of the candidates' names; ...
(d) that has been marked in more than one circle at the right of the candidates' names;
Are Rejected Ballots reported?
Yes. In the 2008 election there were 94,733 rejected ballots reported.
The Elections Act;
287. (1) The deputy returning officer shall prepare a statement of the vote, in the prescribed form, that sets out the number of votes in favour of each candidate and the number of rejected ballots ...
Is this like spoiling a ballot?
No. A Spoiled Ballot is one that is altered, defaced or destroyed. Spoiling a ballot is contrary to the Canada Elections Act and conviction could bring a $500 fine or three months in jail. So please do not spoil you ballot, not only is it against the law but spoiled ballots are not reported by Elections Canada.