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NSW council referendums update

December 13, 2021 - 11:00 -- Admin

The pace of counting for many of the referendums and polls has been frustratingly slow, being stuck in the queue behind election counting.

Some councils made a decent amount of progress on election night, with most others only now getting some figures. I thought I would do a quick update running through what we know. For some of these I want to do proper dedicated posts with maps once the results are finalised.

The turnout so far

December 12, 2021 - 11:00 -- Admin

After a week of vote-counting, I thought it would be a good time to look at how turnout looks compared to the last round of council elections in 2016-17.

Shortly before the election I posted about turnout levels at the 2012 and 2016-17 elections. Turnout rates went down slightly in 2016-17 from 82.7% to 79.7% in contested wards.

NSW council elections – the undecided races

December 10, 2021 - 10:00 -- Admin

With the addition of iVotes on Wednesday night, the number of races in play is starting to shrink and we are getting closer to the final primary vote figures for each council race.

In this post I’m going to run through each of the 24 councils I’m covering, and the seats for each council which aren’t decided. These 24 councils have 99 electoral contests for 320 seats. By my count 53 seats in 44 contests are still in play.

The council party trends across Sydney

December 7, 2021 - 09:29 -- Admin

The withdrawal of the Liberal Party from a number of large Sydney councils has unsurprisingly led to a decline in the Sydney-wide Liberal vote, while Labor and the Greens have produced their highest primary vote in Greater Sydney since 2004. It may well be a record high for Labor, but it’s definitely a record high for the Greens.

What trends can we see in council results?

December 6, 2021 - 10:15 -- Admin

Up until this point, most of my analysis of the NSW council elections has been contained to one council.

In one sense this makes sense – each local council is its own little polity and has its own stories. Part of what I find fascinating is the details of the stories, and you lose that detail when you try and detect broader trends that go beyond council borders. But it’s still worth looking at what stories tend to pop up again and again.