Ahead of the local and European elections last month, and the recent Newark by election, we launched a new election maps website. It replaced our previous election maps website, which for many years provided a free service to help candidates and party workers as they prepare for elections.
The election maps website lets users overlay the official boundaries of constituencies and wards on Ordnance Survey maps at various scales. This is particularly useful at street level, where canvassers working for local candidates need to know which side of the street to cover; or how far along the street to go.
We see the service as our contribution to the democratic process, allowing equal access for all to the building blocks of Britain’s electoral system.
Much of the new election maps website has been built using some of our freely available OS OpenData products, including Boundary-Line. The new site fits into our current portfolio of online map services and provides scope for future development. If you’ve used the old site you’ll notice a host of improvements: we’ve added a bigger map window, easier navigation, slicker searching and more. The app also works with mobile devices such as tablets, reflecting their increasing popularity with party workers in the field.
You can find it on our website, just click ‘Election maps’ on the Public tab, or go straight to www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/electionmaps. Never content to rest on our laurels, we’re keen to receive feedback (via Contact Us) on this first release as input for a second version that we aim to launch before the General Election next year – so let us know what you think.
Neil Sutherland, Senior Policy and Engagement Adviser