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And we're off! (In Scotland, anyway)

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

That’s right, the time when the Statements of Persons Nominated (SOPNs) are published.

These are documents from local government election teams. They confirm who has been validly nominated to stand in an upcoming election.

Unfortunately they’re typically published as PDFs on council websites somewhere, making it not terribly user friendly data.

If we’re going to help voters, we need you to track down SOPNs and add them to this spreadsheet!

Once we’ve got them all, we’ll import them into our system and invite you to start converting them into useful candidate data.

We’re starting with Scotland — they’ve in theory published their papers today; England and Wales will follow this time next week.

Let’s go!