Vote for Policies is an independent not-for-profit run by volunteers. We have no connection with any political party or candidate in any way. Our mission is to increase turnout in elections. Our method for achieving this is by helping voters make an informed, unbiased decision about who to vote for. And it works. According to a national poll in 2015 35% are more likely to vote after using Vote for Polciies.
Who cares about policies if parties don't stick to their promises?
We realise that many people are disillusioned with politics and don’t see the point of “voting for policies” (or voting at all) if the parties won’t keep their promises. It’s understandable.
The Vote for Policies survey is the first step towards holding politicians to account. Once we as an electorate are more informed and engaged with what the parties have promised to do, the next step is to ensure our next government is accountable to their election promises. We are working on this now with our new Policy Tracker site which will be released after the 2017 general election.
What makes Vote for Policies different?
There are other Voter Advice Applications (VAAs) available, most of which are based on a quiz format where users are asked for yes/no answers to questions like, "Should we nationalise the railways” or “Should we use nuclear energy?”. These sites are helpful and very engaging - and we recommend you try them all - but they don’t give you the chance to see the actual policies, and compare them across the political parties.
Vote for Policies is the only service that connects you directly with the parties and their pledges. Focussing on policies in this way is not only the best way of helping people make a truly informed decision, it also provides a fair way of tracking a government’s progress after the election and holding them to account. We believe this is the path to a better democracy.
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