A new one-stop shop for candidate information, polling station locations and archival information relating to elections on the Isle of Wight has been launched by Island Echo.
www.isleofwight.vote has gone live this week ahead of the Local Elections, Town/Parish Elections and the Police & Crime Commissioner Elections on 6th May.
The brand new website details all of the candidates standing for each ward across the Island, offering an easy way for people to engage in local democracy. Candidates have been able to supply a bio about themselves and, if declared, their address is included alongside their profile in the interests of transparency. Each candidate’s political persuasion is clearly visible and most profiles include a photograph.
After the elections have been held next month, the successful candidate(s) will be clearly marked against each ward or town/parish and the website will archive the information for future reference. Information from the General Elections in 2017 and 2019 is already archived on the website.
Darren Toogood, Editor/Publisher of Island Echo, says:
“This new hub allows Islanders to easily find out who is standing in their local area and provides key information such as a photograph. For too long it has been hard to access even the most basic of information about election candidates, so I hope that isleofwight.vote will make this process much similar both now and in the coming years.
“I am sure you will agree that the website is easy to use, provides factual information without bias and offers every candidate the chance to reach out to the electorate. Most importantly, it’s free to access and always will be.
“The website’s focus will alternate between the local and general elections and information will be stored for future years. This means moving forward isleofwight.vote will become your go-to location for election-related matters, which sits nicely alongside our editorial coverage here on the main news website.
“Island Echo is a trusted brand and we are now starting to expand our services to include more than just news. Keep an eye out for another project launching next week!”