If you feel like none of the political parties or candidates truly represent you or your values, there is still a way to make your voice heard at the ballot box. By spoiling your ballot, or intentionally marking it in a way that makes it invalid, you are sending a powerful message of resistance against the current political system.
When spoilt ballots outnumber the votes for political parties, we can show that we do not consent to being governed in this way. Your spoilt ballot is recorded and sends a message of non-compliance with the current system, while abstaining from voting is seen as apathy.
In 1703, the court case Ashby vs White established the concept of consent to be governed. By not voting, you are seen as tacitly agreeing to be governed. However, spoiling your ballot shows that you actively reject the current system.
Some messages you could include on your spoilt ballot are “I do not consent,” “No more war,” “Parliament is not sovereign,” “I am sovereign,” “Not my king,” “Release Julian Assange,” or “I was never asked.”
So, remember, a spoilt ballot is a vote for the resistance, and by doing so, you are legitimizing your non-consent with all laws except for the common law. The current system is broken, so why not vote for Mr. and Mrs. Spoilt Ballot instead?