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Unlock Democracy: Vote Match

With the current crisis in Westminster, you could be forgiven for not realising we are just a couple of weeks from an election. On Thursday 4 June, UK voters will have a chance to elect their representatives in the European Parliament for the next five years (some parts of the country will also be holding local elections).

Turnout for European elections is typically low and this year's is expected to be no exception. This is hardly surprising when 51% of the public claim to know 'not very much' or 'nothing at all' about politics (Audit of Political Engagement 6, Hansard Society 2009).

It is with this in mind that Unlock Democracy has launched Vote Match. Last year, thousands of people used our pilot Vote Match for the London elections and our version for the European Elections is better than ever.

The tool is incredibly simple: give your opinion on 30 statements, mark which ones you consider to be particularly important or unimportant, and the website calculates where you stand in relation to the parties based on their own responses to the same statements. It's totally transparent - the website doesn't just give you a match, it explains how the calculation was made.

We don't expect you to base your vote on the result Vote Match gives you. But we do hope it makes you think. And if you have no idea of how to vote next month, we hope it will help you make up your mind.

Have a go straight away. And please forward it on to all your friends and family to help them make up their minds as well. We've tried to make this as easy for you as possible with the help of Twitter and Facebook. If you have a blog, you can even embed the Vote Match directly on your own website!

Unlock Democracy, 6 Cynthia Street, London N1 9JF

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