Click me

The Financial Logistics of a Snap Election

THE FINANCIAL LOGISTICS OF A SNAP ELECTION BROUGHT TO YOU BY GO SUPPLY CHAIN A Snap Election General Elections, local elections and national referendums all come with a unique set of logistical challenges and a substantial cost, but how does a snap election compare when it comes to financial implications? In this infographic we take a look at the financial and logistical implications of a snap election, using previous election spending to try and predict the overall cost of the 2017 General Election. A logistical headache General Elections require a phenomenal amount of organisation and planning, utilising people and resources all over the country. Polling stations must be chosen and made accessible to all people, postal votes must be sent out, ballots printed and staff organised and briefed. This is even more difficult in a snap election... In the 2015 General Election: 7.6m Postal votes were 46m Poll cards and ballot 41,000 Polling stations were used 50,000+ People used to staff polling stations 30m+ Votes were counted sent to voters papers were printed by voting staff Long campaign vs. Short campaign Election campaigns are broken down into the 'long campaign', when initial spending limits are introduced, and the 'short campaign', when there are even tighter restrictions. In 2017 however, the short-term nature of the General Election means spending in the 'long campaign' will be significantly reduced: 2.5 7.5 10 Spending (£m) Conservatives Labour Lib Dems Candidate spending (£m) by party UKIP O Short campaign, 2015 (starts after parliament has dissolved) OLong campaign, 2015 (ends after parliament has dissolved) Green Party O Projected long campaign spending, 2017 Where does the money go? General Elections come with numerous logistical implications, from polling stations to staff and volunteers to count the votes. But that's not where the majority of money is spent: How parties spent their campaign funds in 2015 (£m) AD 15.2 7.7 Market research/ 6.9 Unsolicited material to electorate 2.8 Overheads and general administration 2.5 Rallies and general Advertising canvassing events 1.7 0.9 1.1 Manifesto / Referendum material 0.4 Media costs Transport Campaign broadcasts However, there are also considerable costs incurred once the election is over, known as 'winding up' expenses. These costs are associated with moving losing MPs out of their Westminster or constituency offices and then moving new MPs in: Money claimed in moving out expenses by losing MPs in 2015: Office rent ..O.. £171,199 Office supplies £72,783 Office removals £41,139 Plus Dilapidations £67,283 £8.3m Data removal for payroll £32,596 Equipment hire £36,731 Redecorating £29,359 Misc* £63,405 *Includes electricity costs, business rates and removals Who spends the most? It's usually said that the Conservative Party spend the most when it comes to elections, but how accurate is this statement, and has spending increased over the previous two General Elections? 10 15 20 Spending (£m) Conservatives Labour Lib Dems O 2010 General Election campaign spend O 2015 General Election campaign spend UKIP How much will the 2017 General Election cost? Estimates vary on the overall cost of this year's snap General Election, but taking the spending habits of the main parties, data from previous elections and the timeframe involved, we would suggest a total cost of: Between £140-170m Sources: The Electoral Commission | IPSA | The Economist | The Telegraph BBC | Wikipedia | Democratic Audit GO SUPPLY CHAIN ©Go Supply Chain 2017 All information correct as of May 2017. -CONSULTING-

The Financial Logistics of a Snap Election

shared by Designbysoap on Jun 12
General Elections all come with a unique set of logistics and financial challenges, but this is particularly true of so-called 'snap' elections, where political parties have much less time to mobilise...


Did you work on this visual? Claim credit!

Get a Quote

Embed Code

For hosted site:

Click the code to copy


Click the code to copy
Customize size