[EM] Voting by party in australian senate elections

Peter Maxwell peter.maxwell at anu.edu.au
Wed Jul 23 19:44:02 PDT 2003

On Wed, 23 Jul 2003 11:34 pm, Clinton Mead wrote:
> Australia, in the upper house, 12 seats per state, 6 re-elected each
> election using optional party list STV (electors can choose whether to
> tick the party box or number preferences themselves, about 99% tick the
> party list box). 

It's not quite that bad, 95% overall and only 80% in the state (Tasmania) and 
territory (ACT) that also use STV in their own elections.  Source: 

I only mention this because the high proportion of voters who use the party 
list box has been used as an argument against ranked ballots, and as a fan of 
ranked ballots I don't like to see that case overstated!

 -- Peter Maxwell

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