Finally, I think I got the seats data for the 2015 general election sorted out!
I worked on it yesterday so tonight (day 23) I need to test it and make sure it’s validating properly.
Also, I had a chance encounter with a friend and had a chat about this little experiment of mine 🙂 as well as a bit broadly about the current political climate (sigh).
I’ve started work today on a script to automatically generated the seats data needed for the election data project. With that done, future elections should be easier to put together.
A bit more manifesto wrangling today, including merging another successful proposal in.
Then I’ve spent some of my evening doing my job as Tech officer for Something New. We have two new candidates standing in forthcoming elections – Lindsey Garrett for London Mayor and Jessie Macneil-Brown in Tower Hamlets Stepney Ward – so I’ve been arranging some technical bits and bobs to help promote their campaigns.
I’ve also personally backed Lindsey’s crowdfunder. With a phenomenally restrictive £10,000 deposit needed to stand as a mayoral candidate, crowd funding is so much more important for this campaign than our general election campaigns. If you can, please consider helping us!
I’ve just finished off a bunch of work to the 2015 election stats project I’ve been working on. Thanks to contributions from others, it looks like we now have votes for all constituencies and the validation is passing – woohoo!
There’s some next steps, which I’ve created issues for. Feel free to help me out on those.
My main effort today though was e-mailing the Green Party and the local Green candidate, Rob Pass. Here’s my e-mail:
Rob, and the rest of the Green Party,
Please let me join!
Section 4i of the Green Party constitution states (my emphasis);
Membership is open to any person who subscribes to the object of the Party, and is not already a member of another political party, other than Green Parties abroad, subject to clause 4(vii) below.
My personal values align with those of the Green Party and I am in favour of many of your policies.
Rob, you impressed me in the Lichfield election campaign and you got my vote last week.
But I try to lend my support to all those campaigns and parties who share my values, and whose policies I support. So I am a member of The Pirate Party and the party I helped establish, Something New.
I want to support you too but your rules forbid it. We’re clearly in a multi-party system now (despite our horrific voting system) as confirmed by your own increased vote share.
Given this, will you consider altering your constitution to take that into account, and allow me, and many others, to lend our support to you?
Having stayed up all night to watch the election (depressing as it was) I took the opportunity to collate the general election results.
The project gives us an open data source showing the results for each constituency, and the seats. It’s not quite finished, and I plan to add JSON as well as CSV versions too.
After using the excellent Vote Match website, I reviewed my answers and the comparisons to the policies of the various political parties and decided that I agreed with it’s assessment that I should vote for the Green Party.
There are a few things I do disagree with the Greens on, such as their stance on Nuclear power and GM crops which I believe are anti-scientific. Mostly though, I’m more closely matched with them than any other party, and I think that makes sense. If I could vote Pirate, I would.
Please use Vote Match to decide who to vote for.
Not bothering to vote?
I’ve flip-flopped on whether to vote or not, but one thing the rise of UKIP in polls has shown me is that not voting is tantamount to voting by proxy.
What do I mean by that?
If there are 100,000 eligible voters (of which you are one) and only 40,000 vote, that effectively makes each of those 40,000 votes worth 2.5 votes. You are giving your voting power to someone else.
So if anyone votes for a party you despise, or just don’t like enough to vote for, not voting will be gifting the weight of your vote to those parties anyway. Your inaction will help those parties you don’t like to get into power.
Don’t like ANY of the parties or candidates? Then spoil your ballot paper and deny everyone else the power to use your vote against you!
I’m British and as such have no say in the US presidential election. However, it’s an election that affects the entire world. To that end I decided to do something I did for our last general election: use a computer to decide my vote.
Well, maybe not decide, but give an idea of who I’m most suited to.
And here are the results:
Who should you vote for?
You expected: Barack Obama
Your recommendation: Barack Obama