Paul Abbott wrote a fabulously well-informed column on this site recently arguing that CCHQ’s databases should sync; its data team be repurposed; its digitial team empowered – and that VoteSource, the computer system built in-house during the last Parliament, should be scrapped.
What do our Party member readers think? Over half have no view at all (53 per cent). 32 per think its an improvement, though, on Merlin and its predecessor systems. 15 per cent have believe it isn’t.
Similarly, 55 per cent don’t know whether or not they’re satisfied with VoteSource. But only 17 per cent of these respondents are satisfied with the system, while 28 per cent aren’t.
Again, a majority of repliers don’t know whether or not it should be the main campaigning computer system for the 2020 election (59 per cent). 23 per cent think it should, 17 per cent that it shouldn’t.
All of which shows that those of who have a view tend to think that while VoteSource is an improvement on Merlin, they’re still not satisfied – but, then again, believe that it should be the main system in 2020.
However, a clear majority in each case simply don’t have an opinion, and are not following the ups and downs of VoteSource nearly as closely as Paul, some of our readers, and some of those who also comment below the line.
We publish these not especially suggestive results today simply because we’re also running Mark Wallace’s alarming exclusive on how technical problems with VoteSource are threatening to leave hundreds if not more of Party members in London without a vote in the Mayoralty selection.