Yes it is.... which one?romanv wrote: ↑Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:29 amYes it is.TimeSeeker wrote: ↑Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:35 amWe are not arguing over the definitions/distinctions between abstention and voting now.romanv wrote: ↑Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:33 amAbstention = not voting. Which which can be signaled not voting. And obviously counts as nothing. As it is not a vote.
NOTA = which is withholding your consent for an election to declare a winner, which is signaled by ticking the NOTA box. Which counts a vote. As it is a vote.
Naturally you don't want any overlap between the 2 as this will distort the outcome of an election from being the will of the majority.
I am trying to understand your conception/criterion for "real democracy": Do you live in a "real democracy" if 49% of the voter base can dictate policy for 51% of the abstainers? That is not "the will of the majority". It is the "will of those who cared enough to vote".
Is "real democracy" founded on the OPPORTUNITY or the RESPONSIBILITY to vote?
Begging the question. Abstaining to vote is a form of protest against the system.
Surely if 80% of people refuse to vote that means something!
It means "I don't want to waste my time sitting in a queue ticking a box to TELL you that I am not interested".