How to Win Elections

How to Win Elections


Starting Point

Types of Election

Electoral Areas

Polling Districts


Electoral Register


Registering as a Candidate




Local Press

Press Release

Public Meetings

Online Campaigning

Eve of Election

Knock-Up Areas

Election Day

Number Tellers


The Count

Post Election Party

Post Election

Election Expenses


About The Author


About the author.

My name is George Forsyth. I am no longer a member of any political party. I have successfully managed election committee rooms in local, national and European elections. By successfully I mean that the candidates got elected. In 1990 I was elected a member of a London Borough, a post I held for four years.

I wrote this guide as a way of setting out a lot of information that a lot people who have been involved in electoral politics will already know, but most appear reluctant to share. It may be slightly out of date because I haven't been active in politics for some years but the principles are sound and haven't changed in many decades. I haven't addressed the recent changes in the postal vote procedure for instance, mainly because all the news around this involves allegation of electoral fraud.

One of the problems that I perceive in the UK at the moment is a lack of engagement in the electoral process. Turnout in elections are dropping and a lot of people are worried by this. People rail against politicians of all kinds but mostly want someone else to do something about it. If we all wait for someone else it'll never be done.

I was actively involved in politics from my mid 20s to my mid 30s and during that time it taught me a lot. I learned that there are good and bad people in all political parties but more good than bad. I learned that there were some people who said what they believed even when it wasn't popular and some that would say whatever anyone wanted to hear. I learned that there is no great divide between the governed and the governing and that most people, if honestly motivated, can make a contribution to their communities.

I manage some other sites on the web and have an unrelated full time job in IT. I now spend my non-working time with my wife and children.

I would genuinely like to hear from people who found this site useful but I would even more like to hear from anyone who found a mistake in it or felt that there was something lacking. I intend to update this site frequently. I can be contacted at .

For those who feel they would like to ask me for some clarification in anyway please read the contents of the 'Frequently Asked Questions' page first as that is where I will list the questions I have been asked, unless people request that I don't put their questions online.

George Forsyth