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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.

Tasmania 2021: north and south diverge

May 4, 2021 - 12:00 -- Admin

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.