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Read the guide to the 2017 WA state election

February 3, 2017 - 15:01 -- Admin

Voters in Western Australia go to the polls on March 11 for their state election.

I have published a complete guide to all of the races in that election: all 59 seats in the Legislative Assembly, and the 36 seats to be elected to represent six regions in the Legislative Council.

The Liberal-National government is running for a third term in power, but has a fight on its hands, with recent polls putting Labor in the lead.

Labor needs to gain ten seats to win a majority in the lower house, and current polls suggest this outcome is likely.

This election will be the first test of the revived One Nation party since their surprise victories in last year’s federal election. They could well be a threat in regional seats, and have a good chance at winning seats in the upper house, which is heavily slanted towards representing rural areas.

Each seat guide includes a list of candidates (which will be occasionally updated until nominations close next week), descriptions of the seat’s geography, a short history section, the results of the last election, including breakdowns of those results into subdivisions, and maps showing those results. As always, there is a comment section on each seat guide.

Read the Tally Room guide to the WA state election here.

You can navigate to individual seat guides via an alphabetical list, a list of seats by upper house region, and a pendulum ordering seats by margin. You can also click through to individual seat guides from the upper house guide for each region.

You can also use the following map to click on any electorate, and then view the lower house and upper house guides for that area.

I’ll pop up every few days over the next month with extra bits of analysis about the election, so stay tuned.