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Counting votes, the Wright way: what the AEC should be looking at

Counting votes, the Wright way: what the AEC should be looking at

April 14, 2014 7

There's been plenty of talk on the system of preferential voting in the wake of the Western Australian election rerun. But mathematics masters student Casey Briggs says we should focus on the method of counting itself.

It’s an election, not the apocalypse

September 3, 2013 1

Crikey readers talk the genius of David Frost and the Roman electoral system and issue a sensible warning to keep the election in perspective.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

March 26, 2013 3

The oceans are warming much faster than previously thought, plus other political issues of the day.

Richardson: the rise and rise of early voting

August 15, 2011 8

Given compulsory voting, it's reasonable that governments do what they can to make that duty less onerous.

Mackerras: narrowing a date for the next poll

July 26, 2011 5

While the parliaments of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and both territories do have scheduled election dates, our federal parliament does not, writes psephologist Malcolm Mackerras.

MacKerras: forget byelections … we’re off to polls in October 2013

July 20, 2011 6

The current Parliament will run its full three-year term.

Federal election: promise to keep the baa-stards honest

December 23, 2009 3

The seat of O'Connor in Western Australia will be the target of a campaign from The Animal Party, come next year's federal election, writes Nick Rynne.

Will net censorship filter through to the ballot box?

December 17, 2009

What are the electoral consequences of net censorship? Next to none, says Possum Comitatus. The seats of Melbourne and Sydney are the only places it even stands a chance of becoming an issue.

Antony Green: Five possible election scenarios

December 3, 2009

Antony Green outlines the possible dates for the next Federal Election under three different scenarios: a normal House and half-Senate election, a separate House of Representatives election, or a a double dissolution.

Rundle: Why Clive H might be just the ticket in Higgins

Rundle: Why Clive H might be just the ticket in Higgins

October 26, 2009

Higgins is the one of the foremost 'social liberal' (or doctors' wives) seat in the country. Clive Hamilton's success as the Greens' candidate in the seat will be a litmus test of test of exactly how seriously they take climate change, says Guy Rundle.