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Ballot Box Scotland LE22 Fundraiser

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This funding will allow Ballot Box Scotland to substantially broaden the coverage provided during the run up to Scotland's Local Elections in May 2022.
Commissioned Polling (approx £3,000)
Most of the funds raised will cover the cost of commissioning an opinion poll from a reputable, BPC-member polling firm. The poll will include questions on:
  • Local Election first preference party voting intention (including generic Independent option)
  • Local Election second preference party voting intention (including generic Independent option)
  • Holyrood voting intention
  • Westminster voting intention
  • Independence voting intention
  • Whether voters would support Proportional Representation for Westminster elections
  • How well voters understand Scotland's three different voting systems
  • Whether voters would prefer to use a single voting system for all kinds of election
If any further questions are asked beyond those listed above, they will be entirely related to elections, voting, and electoral systems. Ballot Box Scotland will never conduct issue polling on anything except electoral systems and reform.
Local Situation Reports (approx £1,300)
Although Ballot Box Scotland provides comprehensive coverage of the results of elections across Scotland, it's not possible for a one-man operation to provide detail on the specific local issues in all 32 local councils in Scotland. That kind of information is best provided by people on the ground.
Specifically aimed at students and young people, particularly studying journalism or related subjects, Ballot Box Scotland will be taking submission of a series of Local Situation Reports, one per local council. These reports will be approximately 500-600 words long (estimating 2-3 hours work of work), and the authors shall receive full credit for their work, as well as a £40 payment. This is an opportunity for young writers to have an item published on an increasingly prominent and well-respected platform, with a wide following across Scotland's media, political, and third sector landscape.
Full details of this scheme and applications will open later, if funding has been secured.
Count Day Coverage (approx £300)
There are 353 wards in Scotland, so it would be nigh-on impossible for a single person to cover results from them all over the course of the count day. Count day volunteers will be sought to support Ballot Box Scotland's Twitter coverage of results as they come in. Council areas will be shared out to a team of volunteers, bundled into groups averaging 36 wards. Volunteers will have access to templates and data enabling quick, easy reporting of results in their areas, and will be offered a flat payment of £30 for their assistance.
Volunteer applications will open later, if funding has been secured.
What about Liberapay Donations?
Donations received via Liberapay to date have contributed to running costs and acted as an important income supplement. It is not expected that people who are already contributing via Liberapay should contribute any more to Ballot Box Scotland than they already are.
For the duration of the crowdfunder, any income via Liberapay will be recorded and added to the fundraising total here on GoFundMe. This fundraiser will close by the end of January 2022.
The remaining amount within the fundraising goal will mostly cover the fees for crowdfunding. In the event that funding exceeds the goal, funds beyond what are necessary for this campaign will be specifically set aside for spending on future commissioned polling. (Further info on Ballot Box Scotland website)


  • Stanley Wilkinson
    • £5 
    • 2 yrs
  • Sam Beesley
    • £5 
    • 2 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • £25 
    • 2 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • £200 (Offline)
    • 2 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • £34 (Offline)
    • 2 yrs


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