Thursday, 18 April 2013

Before you throw those election leaflets in the bin...

As polling day for the local elections approaches, the volume of leaflets is increasing. If you live in a marginal ward, you may be getting several bits of paper shoved through your letterbox each day.

Before you put them in the recycling bin, scan (or photograph) each one and send it to (The process is very simple; just upload jpeg files to the website). is a real-time archive of election leaflets – new content is available online immediately it is uploaded. But this archive relies on volunteers throughout the country to gather material; if there are no leaflets from your area on the website, it is because no one in your area has scanned and uploaded any material.

The good news is that embarrassing content in opponents’ leaflets, which was previously confined to one local ward, can now be seen nationwide. The bad news is that embarrassing content in your own party’s leaflets is equally accessible.

Either way, digital versions of these leaflets will remain online in perpetuity, unlike the real things, which rarely survive more than 24 hours.

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