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March 07, 2007 | Becky Hogge

Election Watch 2007 - Devote your day to democracy!

map showing where ORG volunteers have agreed to observe electionsDoing anything exciting on election day? ORG is looking for volunteers to "devote their day to democracy" and become ORG's Electoral Commission accredited election observers for the e-voting pilots on Thursday 3 May.

We'll provide you with full instructions on the kind of things that will be expected of you on the day. We'll also supply a factsheet of what to look out for in each of the different pilots. We'll expect you to be travelling around the pilot area during the day, and to turnaround a quick report for us afterwards.

If you live in or around the eleven pilot areas (or are willing to travel there) and you'd like to help out, please let us know. Sign up to our pledge on Pledgebank - we're using a beta feature that lets you input which of the pilot areas you're volunteering for. The image on the right shows where volunteers have already signed up.

Please take a look down the list of pilot areas to see if there's one near you, or one you'd be willing to travel to. The information in brackets will help you sign up to the right area using the Pledgebank system.

The five e-voting pilot areas are:

  • Rushmoor (use "Aldershot" in Pledgebank)
  • Sheffield
  • Shrewsbury & Atcham (use "Shrewsbury" in Pledgebank)
  • South Bucks (use "Denham" - the one near Uxbridge, Harefield, Fulmer)
  • Swindon (the one near Wroughton, Draycot Foliat, Chisledon)

The six e-counting pilot areas are:

  • Bedford
  • Breckland (use "East Dereham")
  • Dover
  • South Bucks (use "Denham" - the one near Uxbridge, Harefield, Fulmer)
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Warwick (the one near Leek Wootton, Old Milverton, Leamington)

To read more about e-voting in the UK and across the world, download our briefing pack. If you do volunteer, you'll be playing a vital role. We need bodies on the ground to inform us about irregularities, machine (and human!) error and even fraudulent activities relating to the trialling of electronic voting mechanisms.

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Comments (4)

  1. » Blog Archive » Devote your day to democracy:
    May 01, 2007 at 07:28 PM

    [...] The Open Rights Group are looking for volunteers to observe electronic voting/counting pilots, being tested in eleven areas around the UK during the May 3, 2007 elections. Richard and I have volunteered for Bedford pilot, but there are still many other areas that need help. If you have the time to spare, find out the details and sign the pledge. You will need to be fast; the deadline for registering as an observer is April 4, 2007. [...]

  2. Light Blue Touchpaper » Devote your day to democracy:
    Mar 30, 2007 at 02:00 AM

    [...] The Open Rights Group are looking for volunteers to observe electronic voting/counting pilots, being tested in eleven areas in the UK during the May 3, 2007 elections. Richard and I have volunteered for Bedford pilot, but there are still many other areas that need help. If you have the time to spare, find out the details and sign the pledge. You will need to be fast; the deadline for registering as an observer is April 4, 2007. [...]

  3. The Open Rights Group : Blog Archive » ORG Election Watch 2007: Registration Pack now online:
    Mar 23, 2007 at 03:39 PM

    [...] Our guide to registering to become part of ORG’s volunteer Election Watch 2007 team is now online. If you’ve already pledged to devote your day to democracy on May 3, by becoming an accredited election observer in one of the areas where e-voting and e-counting systems are being piloted, then Jason Kitcat will be contacting you soon. If you haven’t, but you’d like to, please pledge now. [...]

  4. gravyland » The Org Party and the Raffle:
    Apr 11, 2007 at 11:01 PM

    [...] And it did. See here and here and here and how you can help. [...]



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