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It’s less than 100 days until millions of people go to the polls this May – to vote for councils, mayors, plus crime commissioners in England and Wales.
And this year will see arguably the most significant general election for a generation.
That’s where you come in. Byline Times and the Bylines Network want to shine a light on where the debate – and the candidates – are falling short of the basic standards that voters deserve.
Campaigning is already underway. Most of it is honest and fair – but tons of unscrupulous activity will go under the radar.
We want to expose misinformation and misconduct long before polling day, so that it doesn’t toxify and sully our political debate, and so voters know what they’re up against.
Have you seen doctored footage of a politician? Have you had trouble getting hold of voter ID? Has a local candidate been spreading fake news or soliciting dodgy donations?
And crucially – who is funding the conversation?
Byline Times and the Bylines Network want to launch the most ambitious monitoring project for this year’s elections – #VoteWatch24. We will be coordinating hundreds of volunteers across the country to show what’s really happening on the ground by sending in news from constituencies across the UK.
Wherever there is voter suppression, misinformation, or dodgy funds, we’ll be here to call it out. Across Britain, months ahead of polling day, the work is about to begin.
But we need your support to make this crucial project a reality. If we don’t make this effort, no one else will. Can you help us cover the staff and infrastructure we need to make it possible?
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