About Swap My Vote
Wasted votes are a massive problem in UK general elections -
68% were wasted in 2017 (that's 22 million votes),
and eleven seats were decided by fewer than 100 votes. Our
broken electoral system polarises the national debate, and leads
to divisions in the very society it is supposed to represent.
In 2015, only a quarter of votes cast were necessary for the
candidates to win; 50% of votes were for losing candidates and
received no direct representation in Parliament. Parties throw
resources at marginal constituencies while neglecting safe seats
and all kinds of consequences follow, including voter apathy, low
turnout, electoral deserts, and the need for tactical voting,
amongst other problems.
Electoral reform is long overdue; 2011’s AV referendum did
nothing to correct any of these issues.
Referendums in 2014 and 2016 on Scottish Independence and EU
membership strongly indicated how popular voting can be when
voters know that it will count. As did the
6.5 million people who voted tactically in 2017.
The Internet has opened up previously undreamed-of ways for
people to collaborate and share resources. Swap My Vote aims to
bring some of the best aspects of the ‘Sharing Economy’ to the
very workings of democracy. A radical and practical experiment,
Swap My Vote uses social media to help pair voters who want to
swap, each casting each other’s preferred vote where it could
count for more.
in the i Paper.
guide for beginners
on how best to make Swap My Vote work for you.
There is more information, press coverage etc, collected at this page on
Swap My Vote
at the Forward Democracy website.
For developers & campaigns: our
allows your site to integrate Swap My Vote and help voters find a swap.
In the interests of transparency,
our entire codebase
is available for peer review.
Developers are welcome to join the project. The
is the best starting point.