This petition was submitted during the 2015–2017 Conservative government
Petition Count non-voters as a vote for the status quo in referendums.
People who vote do so to express their choice. By not voting, people are saying they are not really concerned either way. If they held a strong conviction they would have voted. Change should not be imposed without taking these non-voters into account.
The in-out EU referendum is a case in point. Fewer than half the voting public voted for change but change will happen because insufficient people voted for the status quo.
Non-voters who weren't really concerned, or who didn't vote because they thought the status quo would win, should have their 'vote' counted.
To make a significant change (eg leaving the EU) more than half of the voting public should vote for it, ie not half of the voters.
This petition is closed This petition ran for 6 months