What we do
Lists of Candidates
There is no open dataset of candidates for elections in the UK. This means that citizens cannot easily discover who they can vote for at the next election. The lack of open data also means that media organisations, campaigners and academics cannot easily monitor candidates. An open dataset of candidates must exist to enable related products to exist, e.g. voter advice applications or records of speakers at hustings. A thriving democracy is a transparent one.
One of the top searched for terms on the day of the 2015 general election was ‘Where do I vote?’ This information is rarely online. Councils send voters a polling card, but they might lose it or not have it available at the time they want to vote. We believe that thousands of people are disenfranchised by the lack of this information. It should be online.
On the blog
In order to make Democracy better, we need better basic infrastructure. This starts with being able to identify every election we have.Read more
Fewer than 200 days to go til the UK goes to the polls again! Here's what we're planning for 2016...Read more
It’s election day. It’s late, and you’re tired. Because in the UK, elections, unlike royal weddings, don’t warrant a day off work, so you’ve only ...Read more
Here's a technical post about our plans. Contact us if you would like to build something from our data.Read more