Yes, this redistribution is taking a long time

Speculation about an early federal election never goes away, and I've noticed more recently in relation to the possibility of a federal election later this year. While you can debate the political merits of such a decision, the current redistribution processes make it pretty much...

Making votes count is about more than turning out

The NSW special minister of state, John Graham, yesterday announced that the government will ask the state Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (JSCEM) to hold an inquiry into rates of eligible voters participating in NSW state elections, with a goal of achieving 100%...

Podcast #119: Solomon Islands elections

Ben is joined by Kerryn Baker from the Department of Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University to discuss the recent elections in the Solomon Islands, which ended with a new prime minister, if not an entirely new government. This podcast is supported by the Tally...

Tasmanian Legislative Council live

9:31 - I'm going to wrap up my coverage of this race here. At the moment it looks likely that the result will see Labor and Liberal retaining the one seat they had going in, and the Greens winning a seat previously held by the...

The role of parties in Tasmania’s upper house

Tasmania's upper house stands out amongst Australia's parliamentary chambers with the most unusual constitutional structure. It has single-member electorates - common for lower houses, but unique for a house of review - and those electorates are never all elected at the same time. Instead,...

Tasmania 2024 – election-day turnout continues downward trend

I've got yet another chapter in the long story of Australians' changing habits in voting. With the final results of the Tasmanian state election, we can look at the Tasmanian trend. The last Tasmanian state election was held in the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic,...

Mapping intra-party booth results – Tasmania 2024

Prior to the Tasmanian election I produced a blog post mapping out the relative strength of candidates within the same party ticket in some electorates at the 2021 election. The maps showed which of a party's candidates topped the vote for that party in...

The decline of the star candidate in Tasmania

One feature of the recent Tasmanian state election result was a surprisingly small number of candidates reaching a quota on primary votes, despite the quota being lower than any election in the last quarter century. Just four candidates reached a quota: the leaders of the...

Informal rates up in Tasmania with bigger parliament

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...

Stop holding state by-elections alongside council elections!

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...