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Victorian state redistribution – summary of changes

July 2, 2021 - 09:30 -- Admin

The draft electoral boundaries for Victoria’s next state election were released on Wednesday. Significant population growth on the outer fringe of Melbourne has seen significant changes over the last eight years. This has resulted in three seats being abolished and three others split in half. Meanwhile one of the eight upper house regions has significantly changes character, and name, as it moves further north of the Yarra.

Victorian federal redistribution finalised

June 30, 2021 - 09:30 -- Admin

The Australian Electoral Commission yesterday announced the final boundaries for Victoria for the next federal election.

I don’t have any detailed or complete analysis because they have not published any maps or data, just descriptions of the changes.

They have made changes to 13 seats compared to the draft boundaries, most of which are seats in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, along with some changes in western Victoria.

Questions to be answered in NYC

June 24, 2021 - 09:59 -- Admin

New York City is currently undergoing their first experience of using ranked-choice voting, otherwise known as preferential voting, in a major election. It is being used for the primaries for the mayor of New York City along with other local offices.

The Democratic mayoral primary will effectively decide the election, with whoever wins almost certainly going on to win the general election.

Upper Hunter by-election live

May 22, 2021 - 18:00 -- Admin

6:00 – Polls have just closed in the NSW state by-election for the seat of Upper Hunter. This is a key contest in a very marginal seat, with the Nationals under threat from Labor, One Nation and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party. You can bide your time before the results come out by reading my guide to the by-election, which features at least 44 comments as of Saturday afternoon.

Launching the NSW council election guide

May 10, 2021 - 09:30 -- Admin

Voters in New South Wales will go to the polls on September 4 to elect their local councils for the next three years.

I have now completed my guide to the 25 most populous councils in New South Wales. These councils all have a population of over 100,000 people. I profiled 23 of these councils at the previous elections in 2016 and 2017, but Camden and Shoalhaven have now made the cut.

Tasmania 2021: the shift away from election day

May 7, 2021 - 13:24 -- Admin

We don’t yet have final voting figures, but enough has been reported to be able to get a sense of how much of a shift we have seen away from ordinary election day voting.

This has been a long-term trend that accelerated dramatically through 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic pushing voters to vote early in person or via the post. You can see my numerous blog posts on this topic at this tag.

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