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.
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With the final results now in from the Tasmanian state election, I wanted to go back to a post I wrote in early April about the role of parties in the Legislative Council.
The chamber has historically been dominated by independent members, but the two major parties have held a majority of seats since 2020.
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.
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.
I’ve been fascinated by how the two halves of Tasmania have moved apart at this election. The Liberal Party lost support overall, but managed to gain swings in the three northern electorates. This has been the culmination of a trend which has seen the gap between the north and south larger than it has been at any point in the last three decades.
As promised, I have put together a map showing the vote at each election-day booth in Tasmania for the three major parties. Thanks to William Bowe’s Poll Bludger live results service for being the only place to publish full polling place results in an easy-to-access format, and Kester for finding the geodata.
So I don’t yet have any maps of the results to provide – the TEC’s website provides polling place information in a frustratingly vague format, without lat longs or even unique names for booths. I know I can get that data from somewhere, so rest assured I’ll be back with a big colourful map of the state once it’s available.
For now, I wanted to sum up what happened in yesterday’s election.
6:00pm – Polls have just closed in the Tasmanian state election, along with the Legislative Council elections for the divisions of Derwent and Windermere.
I don’t expect to have a lot to report until about 7pm. Until then, take one more chance to check out my election guide.
8:00am – Polls have just opened in the Tasmanian state election, along with the Legislative Council elections for the divisions of Derwent and Windermere. I won’t be doing updates during the day today but you can use this post as a place to discuss events of the day.