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NSW 2023 – Nominations close

March 10, 2023 - 09:30 -- Admin

Nominations were declared yesterday in the New South Wales state election. There has been a slight reduction in the number of candidates in the lower house. The ballot paper is slightly larger for the upper house, but the number of groups with a box above the line is down significantly.

There are 562 candidates for the Assembly, almost exactly the same as in 2019. This averages out to just over 6 candidates per seat.

NSW 2023 – where preferences have flowed over time

March 2, 2023 - 09:30 -- Admin

The New South Wales Legislative Assembly has been elected by the optional preferential voting (OPV) method since 1981. Unlike compulsory preferential voting (CPV) which is used in most of Australia, voters are free to number as few or as many boxes as they wish. If a ballot paper is incomplete, the vote ‘exhausts’ once all of the candidates numbered on the ballot are no longer in the count.

The non-classic dimension in NSW

February 22, 2023 - 09:30 -- Admin

There are 93 seats in the NSW Legislative Assembly. While a majority of these seats will be straight-out contests between Labor and the Coalition, a sizeable share of these seats are what the Australian Electoral Commission calls ‘non-classic’ – where the final two-candidate-preferred count includes a minor party or independent candidate.