Observing elections to improve democracy
Democracy Volunteers receives no state funding and all our observers give their time voluntarily. They attend elections either with the funding of the organisation’s grants or at their own cost if it is in their local area.
In 2018, The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd. has awarded us a grant for our project to assess access to voting and electoral fraud in the local elections in which we will assess family voting. We received two similar grants in 2017.
The University of Exeter’s annual fund has funded two of our projects. The first was during the 2015 UK General Election in the Camborne & Redruth and Exeter constituencies.
In 2016 the fund sponsored the 28 strong observer team to attend the National Assembly for Wales election in the South Wales Central region.
The majority of our funding in 2016 came from supporters and the observers themselves through organisations such as Crowdfunder – also based in Cornwall.
For the 2017 UK General Election we are co-ordinated with AEGEE Election Observation, a leading European youth observation group, to bring observers to the UK.