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Informal rates up in Tasmania with bigger parliament

April 18, 2024 - 09:30 -- Admin

It’s no surprise that the informal rate increased at the recent Tasmanian state election, but I wanted to explore how high the rate went, and what might explain it.

Tasmania has a rule that voters must number as many boxes as there are seats to be filled. That was seven up until 1996, five from 1998 until 2021, and then seven again this year.

Stop holding state by-elections alongside council elections!

April 17, 2024 - 09:30 -- Admin

This is a message for the state of Queensland, who’ve now done this at the last two rounds of council elections in 2020 and 2024.

For each council election, two state by-elections were held at the same time: for Bundamba and Currumbin in 2020, and for Inala and Ipswich West in 2024. In both cases, one of these seats was in the City of Ipswich. Inala is mostly in the City of Brisbane, while Currumbin is in the City of the Gold Coast.

Cook by-election live

April 13, 2024 - 18:12 -- Admin

6:57 – Just in case there was any doubt, the Liberal Party’s Simon Kennedy has won this by-election.

I will continue to liveblog but I admit I won’t be as diligent as I might be for a more interesting election.

With three booths reporting preference counts, Kennedy is on 73.2%.

New datasets now published

April 11, 2024 - 09:30 -- Admin

I have been spending the last few weeks adding a bunch of extra data to the Tally Room data repository, This repository contains tidy data for state and local elections that I have found useful for my data analysis. Often this data is published in a less tidy format, and some bits of information can actually be hard to find online (such as lists of polling place addresses along with geocoding, which is necessary for mapping).

Tasmania produces a very proportional result

April 8, 2024 - 09:30 -- Admin

The recent Tasmanian election was very interesting and complex to follow, right down to the final preference distributions, but it also did a good job of translating votes into seats.

The House of Assembly was expanded in size from 25 to 35, and with that became a system more likely to produce a highly proportional result.

Now that the results have been finalised, it’s clear that this was a very proportional translation of votes into seats.

Tasmanian preference distribution update – final day

April 6, 2024 - 17:43 -- Admin

The distribution of preferences concluded today in the final three electorates: Bass, Braddon and Lyons, after Clark and Franklin concluded on Friday.

The final seat result was 14 Liberal, 10 Labor, 5 Greens, 3 Jacqui Lambie Network and 3 independents: David O’Byrne, Kristie Johnston and Craig Garland.

The race in Lyons was no longer in any suspense, and there was little in Bass, where Simon Wood was re-elected by less than 0.12 quotas over fellow Liberal Julie Sladden.