Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions. You can scroll down to read them all or just click on a question to skip straight to the answer.
- What is Vote-OK?
- Isn't what Vote-OK does interfering with Democracy?
- Are you allowed to do this?
- But you are advising people to campaign in constituencies where they do not live. Isn't that wrong?
- How have the constituencies been chosen?
- Is Vote-OK tied to any political party?
- Is Vote-Ok putting up any candidates?
- How can I become involved?
Vote-OK is a group of volunteers co-ordinating supporters to focus their efforts on marginal constituencies, where it has been shown that a positive organised campaign can make a significant difference to the result.
No, it is exactly the opposite. We encourage people to get involved in the democratic process. Every political party agrees that not enough people do get involved in politics, so every party should welcome any initiative that increases the participation of people in elections.
The essence of democratic accountability is not that the people get to vote politicians into power - it is that they have the right to vote them out again if they do not like what they have done. If any politician or party tried to stop people from exercising their democratic freedom to campaign for someone else - that would be interfering with democracy!
Yes. Vote-OK is registered as a "non-party Campaigner" with the Electoral Commission. Non-party campaigners are individuals or organisations that campaign in elections, but are not standing as political parties or candidates. In electoral law, these individuals or organisations are also sometimes called ‘third parties’. Our activities are regulated by the Electoral Commission and in accordance with the law.
No. Getting people who live in "safe seats" to go and help local party organisations in "target seats" is called "mutual aid" and is practised by every political party and also by other non-party campaigners, too, such as Trade Unions. It is a standard practice in the democratic process. If you see the Prime Minister or the Leader of the Opposition visiting a constituency not his or her own during an election, that is also "mutual aid".
Vote-OK will work in constituencies where one of the two main candidates understands rural issues and their main opponent does not; where the majority is small enough to be overturned; and the where the geographical location of the constituency suits the distribution of our available supporters.
No. Vote-OK will consider supporting candidates of any party according to the principles outlined above and will usually refrain from involvement in constituencies where both main candidates support our key issues.
No. Vote-OK is not a political party. We are simply aiming to enable supportive Prospective Parliamentary Candidates to access a significant, well organised group of volunteers in a manner relevant and useful to their overall campaign. Vote-OK is registered with the electoral commission as a "non-party campaigner".