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German map follow-up

September 26, 2013 - 17:19 -- Admin

I’ve finally finished my post-election maps for Germany, for those who may be interested.

I have updated the maps for the 2013 election on the Maps page to reflect the ‘first vote’ results in each constituency. I have also added a map for the 2005 election. I am missing maps for the four Lander that changed boundaries between 2005 and 2009. If you have any data you can share to help with this, please let me know.

Germany 2013 – Merkel gains swing at expense of allies

September 24, 2013 - 09:15 -- Admin

Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU parties have gained the largest swings towards them at the 2013 German federal election, with minor parties generally losing ground.

The CDU/CSU gained a large 7.8% swing towards them, with the centre-left Social Democrats gaining a smaller 2.7% swing. The three minor parties with parliamentary seats all suffered negative swings. The left-wing Left Party lost 3.3% and the Greens lost 2.3%.

Post-election gender balance update

September 18, 2013 - 09:15 -- Admin

After an election where the vast majority of candidates running were men, the male-dominated Coalition won seats, and today a new cabinet will be sworn in with only one woman, it may be surprising to know that the number of women in the new Parliament will be increased.

In the House of Representatives, the number of women has increased from 37 in 2010 to 39 in 2013, out of a total of 150.

Friday night counting update

September 13, 2013 - 19:14 -- Admin

As it stands, there are still a bunch of seats left outstanding.

Seven seats are on margins of less than 50.6%, and I’ll run through a couple of key races here:

Apart from these seven seats, the Coalition holds 87 seats, the ALP holds 53 seats, and there are three crossbench seats (Bandt, Katter, Wilkie).

Seat in focus: McEwen

September 12, 2013 - 16:49 -- Admin

McEwen was the closest seat at the 2007 election, and this time it’s one of the closest again. Currently the Liberal Party’s Donna Petrovich leads the ALP’s Rob Mitchell by 331 votes, which amounts to a margin of 50.19%.

McEwen covers parts of northern Victoria to the north of Melbourne, including Sunbury, Craigieburn, Seymour, Gisborne and Puckapunyal.

State of the Senate: crossbench boom

September 8, 2013 - 10:24 -- Admin

There is a lot still up in the air in the Senate, but it is the more interesting element of the election at this point and is producing the most incredible results, with the likelihood of an increase in Greens numbers despite a national swing, the election of multiple Palmer United Party candidates, and the possible election of multiple micro-parties off tiny votes.

Election day open thread

September 7, 2013 - 05:46 -- Admin

Election day has arrived. Today I’ll be spending the day at the polling booth at Sydney Town Hall, one of the biggest booths in the country.

I probably won’t be doing much on the blog today, but please use this thread to discuss the election today.

I’ll be covering the results from 6:30pm.