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Entrepreneurs launch Scotland vote online survey

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 26, 2014

Better Together leader Alistair Darling (left) and First Minister Alex Salmond at the second television debate over Scottish independence at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION

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University entrepreneurs in the south west have launched a new voting survey to the Scottish referendum.

Tickbox Ltd, a business run by students at University of Exeter have launched a new Scottish Referendum tickbox questionairre on their website with information to help would-be voters.

They have analysed manifestos from the referendum campaigns and included further details to help people understand how the results of the vote on September 18 could affect them.

The site also provides around 800,000 Scots, now resident elsewhere in the UK who will not be able to vote, an opportunity to say how they would have voted and give their thoughts on Scottish independence.

Writing on the Tickbox blog, Sam McShane, Tickbox’s Head of Elections, said: “We want to be a tool that guides people through jargon of everyday politics so everyone understands the power of their vote, and understands exactly what they’re voting for.”

Users will be asked to answer questions on key referendum issues such as culture and the economy. Tickbox will then use this information to suggest which way the user should vote. The website then provides more information about how thoughts on individual areas, including health and wellbeing, differ between the campaigns.

Tickbox launched in May 2014 in the run-up to the European election – at which time more than 40,000 voters used the site. Since then it has been used at student elections in Bath, Bristol and Exeter.

Tickbox.org.uk was created with the aim of making politics easy to engage with, enabling people – especially those aged 16 to 24 – to make informed voting decisions.

In June, the entrepreneurs won Best Student Start Up at the SETsquared Student Enterprise Awards, which celebrate entrepreneurship and business skills developed by students at SETsquared universities throughout the year.

SETsquared is a partnership of five UK universities, which supports high tech start-up companies, providing student enterprise and enabling academics to maximise the impact of their research.

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