In the UK, the state does not provide nationwide data on election candidates.
But everyone — from individual voters to journalists and campaigners — wants this information.
I am looking for information on the candidates I am supposed to be voting for on Thursday. I cannot find anything on either candidate. If they cannot be bothered to get the information out there why should I bother turning out to vote???
So we created a crowdsourced database of election candidates.
The database covers all UK elections, from weekly council by-elections to snap general elections. It powers our voter information website, WhoCanIVoteFor.co.uk, which regularly sees over half a million users during major elections. The data is also used by many other organisations, including The Electoral Commission and House of Commons Library.
Since 2015, it has helped tens of millions of people to learn about their candidates.
Democracy Club’s work gathering data on candidates standing for election has been enormously helpful to us. It has allowed us to produce a more detailed analysis of the elections than was possible before and has made the process of gathering candidate data easier. In the absence of a comprehensive, standardised, digital process for reporting the results of elections across the UK, Democracy Club performs a vital role in collecting and distributing this data.
Oliver Hawkins, Social & General Statistics Section, House of Commons Library
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