Election Boycott

An election boycott occurs when an individual or a group of voters actively decide not to vote in the election.  The term “boycott” is usually used when referring to not voting as an act of protest, rather than simple indifference.  A group may boycott an election if they feel it is likely to be unfair (for example, the target of election fraud/cheating), or if they believe the election is illegitimate.  In elections where a minimum turn-out is needed, boycotting the election could also have the effect of making the result invalid.