I wanted to turn up and protest rather than just stay at home. We are not given a protest option on our ballots so spoiling is the only option.
I wrote ‘Do not politicize the police’.
There was an option to vote for a very qualified Independent candidate, but to vote for anyone would have validated the election, which I could not in good conscience do.
Now the Tories and even other elected P&CCs are blaming the different style of ballot paper and saying the electorate must have been confused. I will not be patronised in this way. I was not ‘confused’. I chose to protest, as is my democratic right to do.