Declined Vote Gains Prominence

A province-wide education campaign informing people about their right to decline their vote was started in Windsor-Essex.

Long-time conservative Paul Synnott decided this time he was going to decline his vote, which is different than spoiling your ballot. “I was surprised to see how many people had no idea that there was an option to decline your vote. It’s just surprising to me how many people have no idea that option is there.”

Synnott says you have to go to the poll and hand your ballot back to the returning officer and say you are declining your vote for it to be counted.

Synnott isn’t actively campaigning for people not to vote he says, but rather for Elections Ontario to inform people of the choice to decline the ballot.