Avenger wrote:TerenureJim wrote:paddyor wrote:Never thought if it that way but I suppose if the referendum is for change then yeah abstaining is kind of a no whether it's meant that way or not.
Not necessarily as if you abstain from a referendum and the turnout is significantly low then it could lead to a re-run or adjustment to the question being asked. It can be in certain cases that people are generally for change but find that a question/amendment proposed is poorly worded and potentially open to legal challenge. You could say that it's not the right question so you wouldn't be voting no by abstaining you'd more or less be asking the political class to provide you with a better question, better debate and better constructed legislation to flow from any amendment.
*ps I'm not arguing this in this instance more just general discourse around referendums.
Thats fair enough. I'll add an option to abstain.
Edit - and apparently that means all previous votes have been lost
I haven't got a vote, where's my button?