A memorable fortnight for election wonks got even better yesterday when one of the most arcane technical controversies known to psephology escaped from the laboratory and made a material difference to the result of the Victorian election.

Owing to a mathematical illogicality given practical effect by a flawed law, yesterday's determination of the upper house result delivered a seat in the Northern Victoria region to Jaclyn Symes of Labor at the expense of Robert Danieli of the Country Alliance, the rightful winner according to the logic of the system.