My friend and her compromises

@boiboing (12527)
Northampton, England
June 29, 2016 7:13am CST
I spoke to a friend last night and inevitably we got onto the topic of last week's EU referendum. To be fair, it's pretty much all we talk about in the UK at the moment - that and the disgraceful mess that some of our teams have made in the football. I suspected she would have voted 'leave' as she'd been very cagey around me since the vote. Her student son had arranged to have his vote sent to her home as he planned to be there for the referendum. Unfortunately, his plans had to change and he couldn't get home to vote. So Yvonne made a deal with him: he couldn't vote 'remain' so she would not vote 'leave' and then the overall effect of him being unable to get home would be neutral. It's a compromise that even politicians used with MPs of different parties sometimes pairing up to agree not to vote against each other when they can't make it to the House of Commons. But Yvonne couldn't live with herself for NOT voting so she went to the polling station to 'spoil' her ballot. That way she could say that she did exercise her democratic right to vote but she also kept her promise to her son. I was laughing so hard that I couldn't speak for a few minutes.
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@JolietJake (37673)
29 Jun 16
The proverbial 'killing two birds with one stone' move...I like that
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@boiboing (12527)
• Northampton, England
29 Jun 16
Or, achieving absolutely nothing in the most complicated way.
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@paigea (19998)
• Canada
29 Jun 16
That seems like a silly, wasted effort. I always vote even if my husband is likely voting the other way. It's my little moment to have my little say.
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@JudyEv (91816)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jun 16
As long as she can live with herself - I guess that's the main aim.
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@SIMPLYD (73793)
• Philippines
30 Jun 16
Well, i guess it makes her assured doing that , even if it is just a waste of time actually .
@Jessicalynnt (48191)
• Centralia, Missouri
29 Jun 16
-shakes head- wow, so much there! I didnt know people got that passionate about that sort of thing
@garymarsh6 (12009)
• United Kingdom
29 Jun 16
OH my word! All that effort and we were still voted out!
@shaggin (24185)
• United States
29 Jun 16
I do not follow politics so this all seems so confusing to me. Plus I live in the United States so things are quite different. I'm glad what she did gave you something to laugh about. I feel so much better after getting a good chuckle.
@LadyDuck (112543)
• Switzerland
29 Jun 16
What a silly thing to do, a complete waste of time.
@Fleura (5434)
• United Kingdom
29 Jun 16
I just never understand the point of spoiling the ballot paper - all that effort not to be counted - why??
@sj3011 (641)
29 Jun 16
Its like "ek teer se do nisane."