Private elections leave Fairfield high and dry

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...

NSW local council elections – campaigning in lockdown

So the NSW local government election is scheduled to be held on September 4, which is less than seven weeks away.Greater Sydney is still under lockdown, with case numbers close to their highest level. We may be at the peak, or there may be...

Federal election open thread

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...

Federal election guide – more free seats

I have posted another two seat guides for the federal election as freebies for everyone to read: Boothby and Gilmore. With so many people still stuck under lockdown I thought people might enjoy having something to read.These two seats are both very marginal, one...

Victorian state redistribution – summary of changes

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...

Victorian federal redistribution finalised

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...

Federal election guide – now available to Patreon donors

I have just completed the first stage of the guide to the next federal election, and I'm now making it available as a reward for people who support this website, with the guide to be publicly released down the track.The guide so far features...

Questions to be answered in NYC

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...

WA federal redistribution finalised, in a sense

The Australian Electoral Commission has announced the final boundaries for Western Australia for the next federal election.While they have announced what changes have been made to the draft boundaries, they have only provided this information through the use of words describing the changes. No...

Upper Hunter by-election live

10:14 - It's looking a decent-sized swing to the Nationals on the two-candidate-preferred vote. The existing margin was 2.6%, but it's looking like the new margin will be something like 7%, bearing in mind that a lot of pre-poll votes are yet to report.I've...