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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.

Tasmanian preference distribution update – day four

April 5, 2024 - 19:06 -- Admin

The count is nearing the end, with Clark and Franklin finishing their count today.

Quite a few candidates reached quotas today, with most of the unclear races now resolved.

It now looks likely that Craig Garland will defeat Liberal Giovanna Simpson for the final seat in Braddon, leaving the government with just 14 seats.

It also seems clear that Simon Wood will defeat Julie Sladden for the third Liberal seat in Bass, with no more Liberal votes to be distributed.

Tasmanian preference distribution update – day three

April 4, 2024 - 22:24 -- Admin

Quite a lot of counting was conducted today, with Braddon particularly proving interesting.

Any remaining doubt about the party breakdown in Franklin and Lyons has now been cleared up.

The only seats left unclear are:

  • Craig Garland or Vonette Mead (Liberal) for the final seat in Braddon
  • Liberal candidate Simon Wood is leading for the third Liberal seat in Bass