Where do I vote?
A small social enterprise called Democracy Club develops tools to make it easier for UK citizens to exercise their vote effectively. One of these tools is “Where do I vote?” Give it your postcode and it tells you which polling station you should go to. Where do I vote? is apparently one of the most Googled terms on UK election days. They have an elegant tool but they need the information on which addresses vote at which polling station. In Wales this information is held by local councils. Democracy Club asked all Welsh local councils to provide this data in time for the General Election in 2017.
How did Welsh local authorities do?
This is a good litmus test for how local authorities approach open data because:
- Democracy Club is after a specific dataset, they understand the data and can help with any questions council staff might have (they make it easy for the councils)
- if the council provides the data it will directly benefit their citizens
- the council definitely holds the data (it needs it to send out the polling cards that so many people apparently mislay by polling day)
So if councils can’t give Democracy Club this data, it is a signal that they have quite a long way to go in understanding the power of opening datasets. We’re interested in developing a scorecard for Welsh local authorities in terms of open data. Should we include providing this data to Democracy Club in that scorecard do you think?
The data as a table
|Council name||All searches||Found polling station||Red or green in map|
|Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council||1719||1563||Green|
|Bridgend County Borough Council||3698||0||Red|
|Caerphilly County Borough Council||4716||0||Red|
|Carmarthenshire County Council||4074||0||Red|
|Ceredigion County Council||1935||1848||Green|
|City of Cardiff Council||18122||11714||Green|
|Conwy County Borough Council||2732||2730||Green|
|Denbighshire County Borough Council||2447||2392||Green|
|Flintshire County Council||4503||0||Red|
|Isle of Anglesey County Council||1679||0||Red|
|Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council||1485||1477||Green|
|Monmouthshire County Council||2101||2101||Green|
|Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council||4771||4740||Green|
|Newport City Council||6306||0||Red|
|Pembrokeshire County Council||1887||1887||Green|
|Powys County Council||1789||0||Red|
|Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council||7773||0||Red|
|Swansea County Council||8851||8718||Green|
|Torfaen County Borough Council||2894||2818||Green|
|Vale of Glamorgan Council||3351||3350||Green|
|Wrexham County Borough Council||3259||3237||Green|