Questions you may have and things you might be thinking
How do I use this site?
Type your postcode where you’re registered to vote into the box on the home page. If you’re in a marginal seat where your vote could make a big difference, we will tell you the clean, green candidate we think is most likely to win in that area. We would then love it if you voted with your head – maybe not for your first-choice party, but the one with the cleanest, greenest policies who is most likely to win.
If you’re not in one of these areas – and this is most of you and everyone within the city of Oxford – then we suggest you vote with your heart for the party which most closely aligns with your values.
So if I’m in a marginal are you suggesting I change who I vote for?
Yes, that’s right. We’ve crunched the numbers and we’re presenting you with who we think would be the most effective use of your vote to end up with a county which is governed overall by councillors who will choose cleaner, safer and greener policies.
My political party is a part of my identity / I don’t like the party you’ve recommended.
Your vote is yours, and it is free and private. However, we would urge you to think of elections as a bus, not a marriage. If there isn’t a bus to exactly the right destination, you get the one going to the place which is nearest, and then work out how to get to where you want to go by other means. Otherwise, you may remain at the bus station for a very long time.
We suggest voting for the candidate nearest to your values and has a chance of winning; then, you have something to work with.
If you’re getting married, definitely go for the person you really, really like best 😊
Voting doesn’t make any difference, so why should I bother?
In local elections it does, and this site will tell you specifically if your vote matters when you use the postcode search. In some areas it will come down to 30-100 people voting slightly differently from how they usually would. It genuinely could make a huge difference.
Local government doesn’t have many powers, so it doesn’t matter who controls the county.
It is true that many big decisions are imposed by central government, increasingly so in the last few years. However, there are still lots of areas where the county has significant control, such as transport, education, and how economic growth is managed. When the devil is in the detail, it matters very much exactly how these centrally imposed projects are implemented and how increasingly sparse budgets are allocated.
These tactical voting campaigns are all very well and good, but we need proper electoral reform and/or a major party to commit to proportional representation.
We literally couldn’t agree more. However, it’s not going to happen by the 6th of May. Would you prefer to have a county which is governed by councillors more committed to safer, cleaner, green policies or less committed to them?
What do you actually mean by brighter, bolder Oxfordshire?
We mean policies which consider the future – not just the next election cycle but will help us have a beautiful, clean, safe, green county for ourselves, our children and grandchildren. We mean a council governed by councillors willing to take big decisions, make brave moves and who are not afraid of change. We mean putting councillors into power who consider solid evidence when making policies.
How did you choose which seats to make a recommendation in?
We chose seats where there is likely to be the closest contest, based on past election results – the most marginal seats. In the main, they didn’t need to just be marginal, they needed to be marginal and with candidates who favour cleaner, greener, safer polices and those who don’t.
How did you choose which candidate/party to recommend in which seat?
We examined their answers to the CoHSAT survey and also looked at past election results in that seat to select which candidate had the greatest chance of winning and who favoured cleaner, greener, safer polices. For a longer explanation of our methodology see this page.
Which election is your data from?
The 2019 district council elections, as these are the most recent. We mapped these to county division boundaries and checked the CoHSAT candidate questionnaire responses for that division. For a longer explanation of our methodology see this page.
Can I see the data you used?
Yes, absolutely, it’s here.
Where did you get this electoral data?
Data come from the district council websites and from Oxfordshire County Council website.
Which parties do you (the founders) belong to?
Scott belongs to the Women’s Equality Party and Zuhura normally belongs to the Labour Party but has resigned specifically to run this campaign to ensure she didn’t break a particular party rule by doing so, and will re-join on the 7th May.
Who is paying for this campaign?
A few members of the public who are keen on a cleaner, greener Oxfordshire donated to a crowd funder and we have used this fund to pay for our time and costs, e.g. the website. It has been a very cheap operation and neither of us are making any money out of it.
How will you know if you have had any impact with this campaign?
We will compare Oxfordshire’s results with that of neighbouring counties to see if Oxfordshire differed in a significant way.
How do I know where I am registered to vote?
Pop your postcode in here https://www.gov.uk/contact-electoral-registration-office and then you will have to take some more steps, just follow each one carefully.
What day is the election?
Thursday 6th May, and polling booths are open 6am – 10pm.
Can I still do a postal or proxy vote?
It depends when you are reading this. Click here and put your post code in and then your local authority website will tell you. https://www.gov.uk/contact-electoral-registration-office