Frequently asked questions – NSW 2015

This guide includes a lot of content and I regularly get asked questions about how it is structured and why I make decisions about what information is included.

Please also post here any questions about the structure of the guide or suggestions about improvements.

Which candidates or parties get featured in your maps and tables?

Each profile includes a table showing results of the last election – all candidates are included in this table.

I also include a table breaking down each electorate into smaller geographic areas. For this table I usually include the two-party-preferred (2PP) figure for the party that won the electorate. The nature of this figure means that you can also derive the two-party-preferred figure for the candidate who came second.

If a third, fourth or fifth candidate polled a significant primary vote (usually over 5%) get included in the table.

As far as maps, again I usually use a two-party-preferred map. Because of this, I don’t include primary vote maps for the top two polling candidates. My general rule has been that candidates who don’t come in the top two get a map included if they have polled over 10%. This mostly covers Greens candidates, but does include some others.

Why do only some candidates have links?

I will link to a candidate’s personal website, or a profile on their party’s website. I won’t linkto a generic page that profiles or lists more than one candidate. I am happy to link to a Facebook or Twitter profile if that is the only link I can find, but I prefer to use a candidate’s own website or their own page on their party’s website.

I have been prioritising collecting the names of candidates over finding links to their web pages. If a candidate has an appropriate webpage but no link under their name, please post the link and I will update the page.

What is the difference between two-party-preferred and two-candidate-preferred?

In Australia’s preferential voting system, the count is continued until only two candidates remain in the race. The votes that these two candidates have built up in this final round is called the “two-candidate-preferred” vote (2CP). Since there are only two candidates at this point, you can derive the other candidate’s 2CP vote by subtracting one candidate’s vote from 100.

The “two-party-preferred” vote (2PP) is the final vote between the Labor candidate and the Liberal/National candidate. In most cases, the 2PP and 2CP vote is the same. I have used the term two-party-preferred where the two final candidates are Labor and Coalition – I have otherwise used the more accurate ‘two-candidate-preferred’.

In most cases, the 2PP vote has been used, but in seats where an independent or minor party candidate comes in the top two, the 2CP vote has been used. There were a number of seats where the Greens or an independent came second.

In most seats, I have included two-party-preferred figures either in the map, or in the booth breakdown table, or both.

How do I get in touch?

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