News 15th February 2017

ElectionsNI: Assembly Elections #AE17 – We’re back!

by Connor McLean

(via ODI Belfast)

Well, it doesn’t seem all that long since we were frantically crowdsourcing live elections data for our ElectionsNI project.

In fact, it’s only been ten months, but we’re back to another round of elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

This time round it’ll be every bit as interesting, perhaps more so as people will be looking for the effects of recent political events and the reduction of Assembly seats to five per constituency (90 MLAs in all).

And we need your help…

As before, we’ll be keeping the website updated regularly through the count with live results. So far, we’ve been helping to gather information on the 2017 candidates for the excellent Democracy Club Candidates database (data which we are also using to help build our website).

Having this data allows us to produce visualisations of the results and the individual count stages (the vote transfers) as they happen. Have a look at the 2016 results to see what we mean.

All of the data that we collect to drive these animations are also available as open data. Useful if you’re into political science, are teaching politics students, or trying to engage more people in voting.

So, if you’re willing to help us gather the data, or if you’re going to be present at the count on 3 -4 March as an observer anyway, it would be great to have your assistance.

It’s as easy as taking and sending a photo, literally. More details on how to participate here.

Read more via ODI Belfast…

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