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NSW council elections – who is running, and how many?

November 8, 2021 - 11:00 -- Admin

I’ve just finished compiling my list of the 1402 candidates running for council or mayor in the 24 most populous councils, the ones featured in my election guide. Unfortunately the NSWEC has not published a single dataset with all of the candidate details, so it wasn’t really practical to do an analysis of the whole state. Instead I’ve just focused on those 24 councils.

Mapping the NSW mayoral elections

November 4, 2021 - 11:00 -- Admin

When 127 NSW local councils go to the polls over the coming weeks, most voters will just get to vote for their local councillors on one ballot. Some others will also get a ballot for a referendum or poll, but there’s also a minority of councils where voters will get a direct say over their mayor.

Mapping the NSW mayoral elections

November 4, 2021 - 11:00 -- Admin

When 127 NSW local councils go to the polls over the coming weeks, most voters will just get to vote for their local councillors on one ballot. Some others will also get a ballot for a referendum or poll, but there’s also a minority of councils where voters will get a direct say over their mayor.

The factions of Ku-ring-gai

October 31, 2021 - 12:00 -- Admin

I have been limiting my focus for the upcoming NSW council elections on the 25 most populous councils, 24 of which have elections this year.

Amongst these councils, one council stands out from the rest: Ku-ring-gai.

It’s the only council where none of the major parties run. It’s also the only council which uses 2-member wards. 15 of these 25 councils use 3-member wards, with the other nine either having no wards at all or using wards of greater magnitude.

The many party systems of NSW councils

October 29, 2021 - 11:00 -- Admin

Australia has a party system. Each state has its own party system, which usually closely resembles the federal system but with its own variety. And in many local councils a local party system exists. It may have familiar features, but each works a bit differently, and in many places has evolved to have differences from how people vote at a state and federal level.

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