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Private elections leave Fairfield high and dry

July 21, 2021 - 09:30 -- Admin

The Covid-19 outbreak centred on Fairfield in south-western Sydney has shone a new light on a weak point in the NSW local government electoral system. The choice of a private company to run Fairfield’s local council election to save money will mean that the council is left on its own to run the election in current circumstances, and will miss out on the support of the NSW Electoral Commission.

Federal election open thread

July 19, 2021 - 09:30 -- Admin

There’s been a lot of comments on various electorate profiles about the federal election that have been a bit more general than about a particular seat, and I’ve had a few requests for an open thread to discuss the federal election.

I’m working on a couple of other blog posts I’m hoping to put up later this week.

Victorian state redistribution – summary of changes

July 2, 2021 - 09:30 -- Admin

The draft electoral boundaries for Victoria’s next state election were released on Wednesday. Significant population growth on the outer fringe of Melbourne has seen significant changes over the last eight years. This has resulted in three seats being abolished and three others split in half. Meanwhile one of the eight upper house regions has significantly changes character, and name, as it moves further north of the Yarra.

Victorian federal redistribution finalised

June 30, 2021 - 09:30 -- Admin

The Australian Electoral Commission yesterday announced the final boundaries for Victoria for the next federal election.

I don’t have any detailed or complete analysis because they have not published any maps or data, just descriptions of the changes.

They have made changes to 13 seats compared to the draft boundaries, most of which are seats in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, along with some changes in western Victoria.

Questions to be answered in NYC

June 24, 2021 - 09:59 -- Admin

New York City is currently undergoing their first experience of using ranked-choice voting, otherwise known as preferential voting, in a major election. It is being used for the primaries for the mayor of New York City along with other local offices.

The Democratic mayoral primary will effectively decide the election, with whoever wins almost certainly going on to win the general election.

Upper Hunter by-election live

May 22, 2021 - 18:00 -- Admin

6:00 – Polls have just closed in the NSW state by-election for the seat of Upper Hunter. This is a key contest in a very marginal seat, with the Nationals under threat from Labor, One Nation and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party. You can bide your time before the results come out by reading my guide to the by-election, which features at least 44 comments as of Saturday afternoon.

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