Rachael Farrington: Founder

Voting Counts was set up in 2014 by Rachael, who was studying for her A-levels, when she found that many of her friends did not intend to vote because they didn’t feel informed enough about politics.

1“I founded Voting Counts after my friends were constantly asking me whom they should vote for, but as a politically active person my answer was always pretty biased. So I wanted to create somewhere my friends could actually go and compare the parties in an unbiased way rather than hearing an often one-sided opinion from friends, family and the media. It’s important for young people to make their own informed decisions” 

Rachael is also a member of the Advisory Council for new thinktank, The Institute for Digital Democracy. Through Voting Counts she has been able to contribute to the Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy and consultations on GCSE and A-Level reforms with the Department for Education.

Rachael is currently a final year Politics and History student at Brunel University London, and runs Voting Counts in her spare time.

Rachael’s LinkedIn

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One of the most important aspects of our development has been the input of the volunteers who dedicate their time, knowledge and passion into the website. We are currently looking to expand this volunteer team.

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Brett John
(Welsh Political Editor)

As Welsh Political Editor Brett oversees all content creation for the Welsh politics side of the Voting Counts website. He is currently conducting interviews with the Welsh political party leaders in order to develop a new video series for Voting Counts.

Brett’s Twitter

Welsh Politics Interviews

5David Murray

During the EU Referendum David worked hard to collate and summarise the main arguments from both sides of the referendum campaign. He spoke about the importance of remaining politically neutral in this role at our launch event (pictured). Since then he has remained an active member of the organisation, giving insight and opinions on new ideas and projects.

David’s Blog Posts

Eliot Smith

Eliot acts as a vital part of the Voting Counts team, his expertise in wordpress enables him to assist with any website or technical issues. Eliot’s interest in politics has also allowed him to assist in the scrutiny and production of content.

Eliot’s LinkedIn

2Cameron Wall

Cameron has supported the project from an early stage and has contributed his time and effort into attending events, writing blog posts and checking over the website. He specifically worked on content for the London Assembly Election.

Cameron’s LinkedIn

Cameron’s Blog Posts

Harvey Chandler

Harvey’s main focus has been on the administration of the organisation, including helping to organise events and exploring funding options. Further to this Harvey assists in monitoring and scrutinising the website’s content. He also spoke at our launch event in April 2016.

Harvey’s LinkedIn

Harry Edwards

Harry is currently working on expanded content for the Scottish Politics section of the website. Aside from this he continues to scrutinise and create content for the website.

Harry’s Twitter

Jasmin Rafiq 

Jasmin helped Voting Counts during Graduate Fashion Week 2016, helping to get the word out about how our website could help people make sense of the EU Referendum.

Trudi Hamer 

Trudi helped us create our European Union Referendum content, doing research into the views of the political parties and the different campaigns.

Trudi’s Twitter

Further Contributors

Sophie Belcher 

Sophie is currently working on some content for the website, focusing on the regional mayor elections happening in 2017.

Morgan Haringman

Morgan regularly offers to create content for Voting Counts, most recently he wrote a fantastic article about Leadership Elections in UK political parties.

Please note that despite any personal political affiliations, all of these volunteers undertake their work understanding the importance of the website’s impartiality and, knowingly support the goal of Voting Counts to enable you to make your own decisions. Their work is always reviewed before being published. Their personal views do not reflect those of Voting Counts.


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