Research and Impact
Our impact in numbers
Democracy Club is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, powered by an incredible community of volunteers. Our first priority will always be opening up the vital data that powers our democracy for the benefit of all voters.
Reminders to vote sent in partnerships in 2019
Of users say that our services make them more likely to vote
People used our services in the last election
Of councils across the UK work with us
People have contributed to improving our democratic data
Edits were made by our community in the 2022 local elections
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Latest research and reports
Read the overview of our 2023 election services
Read the overview of our 2022 election services
Read the overview of our 2021 election services
Read the overview of our 2019 general election services
Our polling station and candidate databases have handled over ten million postcode searches since 2015. Our own research suggests that our tools are effective at reaching less engaged groups, particularly younger voters.
Does Democracy Club make users more likely to vote?
In the 2022 local elections we asked users of our polling station finder whether the service made them more likely to vote. 83% told us that it did.
“Its super helpful! We couldn't find our polling station and went to 2 stations! Apparently there was a new one made in our area and we only found out from this website!!! And WE VOTED! Thnksss soo much!!"
After entering a postcode and receiving a result, users of our two websites WhereDoIVote.co.uk and WhoCanIVoteFor.co.uk are prompted to answer the question, ‘did you find what you were looking for?’
We also recieve thousands of pieces of written feedback from voters each year. Here are some examples:
I find politics a difficult topic to understand, and not only is this website a simple layout and design, you also outline what each of the elected people’s roles will entail.
Couldn’t be clearer! Very helpful for a first-time voter in this constituency (have just moved here).
I am disabled and registered visually impaired. This site was so so easy to use. All the information I need is right there.
Having walked to the place where I have previously voted - only to find it shut - I felt somewhat at a loss as to where to go. Until I accessed this site.
Working alongside every council
We have developed an excellent working relationship with English, Scottish and Welsh local government, from whom we source the data to power our polling station finder. Over 90% of GB councils now provide polling station data to us, and more than half use our tools in their election communication campaigns. Since 2018, our polling station and candidate data has been used by the Electoral Commission to power the look-up tool on its own website.
Working in partnership to empower more voters
In 2019 we sent 218m notifications in partnership with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and SnapChat to remind people to vote with personalised directions to their polling stations. Working in partnership is key to the success of our services. In and outside of elections we have provided democratic data and services to partners such as the Electoral Commission, Welsh Government, Gov.UK, Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, Google, Fawcett Society, The Times, Reach, Sky News and many others. We believe that democratic data should be as frictionless as possible to access and good digital infrastructure, paired with bold partnerships, are the best way of making that possible.
On the blog
We take a look at the UK’s register of political parties: its history, contents, and our plans to improve its accessibility.
There’s a whole world of council sub-committees to discover. Isn’t it exciting?
What’s the link between biscuits and voter information?
We present a host of graphs (and a map!) in an attempt to understand the people behind the postcode searches.