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TASMANIAN HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY POLLS 1913-2006: INCIDENCE OF EXHAUSTED VOTES

 

NOTE 1: Data below was obtained from Reports to Tasmania's Parliament by the Chief Electoral Officer viewable using the hyperlinks for the relevant Poll Years below. 
The Officer has issued the following clarification, "The figures in the above table represent the number of votes that were discarded during the actual count because there was no further choice marked on them that could be effective.
These votes do not, in all cases, indicate unrepresented electors, because many of them had contributed to the election of successful candidates before they became exhausted."

  

NOTE 2: The overall percentages for 1925,1928 and 1931 were calculated from figures in the above Reports, but differ unaccountably from the overall percentages shown separately there, which were 4.0%, 2.9% and 2.3% respectively. The median percentage of exhausted votes over all 29 elections from 1913-2006 is 3.3% as shown below.

 

NOTE 3: A Tasmanian member of the Federal Opposition, Dame Enid Lyons, Liberal MHR for Darwin (renamed Braddon in 1954), pointed out, in the 1948 debate on PR for the Senate, to the Attorney-General, Dr H.V.Evatt, that Tasmania had never had a requirement, of the type that his Commonwealth Electoral Bill 1948 unfortunately succeeded in providing for Senate PR, that voters must mark more preferences than the number of vacancies to be filled.

 

Poll
Year

Seats per Div.

No. of Prefs. to be marked

Bass

Braddon

(Darwin till 1954)

Denison

Franklin

Lyons
(Wilmot till 1986)

TASMANIA

Total Valid Votes

Exhausted Votes

Total Valid Votes

Exhausted Votes

Total Valid Votes

Exhausted Votes

Total Valid Votes

Exhausted Votes

Total Valid Votes

Exhausted Votes

Total Valid Votes

Exhausted Votes

No.

Percent

No.

Percent

No.

Percent

No.

Percent

No.

Percent

No.

Percent

2006
5
5
60699
984
1.6%
63309
526
0.8%
61538
2135
3.5%
63957
1065
1.7%
60119
540
0.9%
309622
5250
1.7%

2002

5

5

58568

1093

1.9%

60838

1153

1.9%

60235

4641

7.7%

60525

1937

3.2%

56304

2392

4.3%

296470

11216

3.8%

1998

5

5

58614

3423

5.8%

56126

2626

4.7%

59390

2676

4.5%

58864

2459

4.2%

61684

1902

3.1%

294678

13086

4.4%

1996

7

7

58782

767

1.3%

56792

1624

2.9%

59618

914

1.5%

58554

2479

4.2%

60925

1837

3.0%

294671

7621

2.6%

1992

7

7

55507

2016

3.6%

57025

2925

5.1%

54707

4355

8.0%

59090

1809

3.1%

58893

1549

2.6%

285222

12654

4.4%

1989

7

7

53915

624

1.2%

54529

3213

5.9%

54257

347

0.6%

55581

2060

3.7%

54855

1044

1.9%

273137

7288

2.7%

1986

7

7

51101

763

1.5%

51673

155

0.3%

51711

400

0.8%

50479

515

1.0%

51197

562

1.1%

256161

2395

0.9%

1982

7

7

50186

1209

2.4%

48590

2263

4.7%

49601

1371

2.8%

51410

1846

3.6%

50309

1529

3.0%

250096

8218

3.3%

1979

7

7

48367

619

1.3%

46039

2127

4.6%

48376

1494

3.1%

48766

658

1.3%

47736

2271

4.8%

239284

7169

3.0%

1976

7

7

43447

251

0.6%

49970

1470

2.9%

46831

1142

2.4%

47300

1369

2.9%

47582

1742

3.7%

235130

5974

2.5%

1972

7

3

37648

1081

2.9%

41778

617

1.5%

40311

1019

2.5%

38714

1466

3.8%

39819

2550

6.4%

198270

6733

3.4%

1969

7

3

36642

941

2.6%

39361

1191

3.0%

39362

1147

2.9%

35619

919

2.6%

38339

799

2.1%

189323

4997

2.6%

1964

7

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

176591

7832

4.4%

1959

7

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

160743

6094

3.8%

1956

6

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

159325

4975

3.1%

1955

6

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

156479

4019

2.6%

1950

6

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

145944

2654

1.8%

1948

6

3

26731

163

0.6%

29272

1830

6.3%

27716

1329

4.8%

33142

2523

7.6%

25861

1006

3.9%

142722

6851

4.8%

1946

6

3

24167

817

3.4%

27333

1490

5.5%

25782

1175

4.6%

28887

2058

7.1%

23021

1875

8.1%

129190

7415

5.7%

1941

6

3

22632

1097

4.8%

25310

420

1.7%

24754

575

2.3%

25640

915

3.6%

22354

186

0.8%

120690

3193

2.6%

1937

6

3

23920

974

4.1%

24684

194

0.8%

24278

1025

4.2%

25789

323

1.3%

22792

311

1.4%

121463

2827

2.3%

1934

6

3

 

1364

 

 

687

 

 

1344

 

 

859

 

 

 1096

 

116767

5350

4.6%

1931*

6

3

 

114

 

 

428

 

 

412

 

 

463

 

 

1043

 

108894

2460

2.3%

1928*

6

3

 

278

 

 

331

 

 

321

 

 

 466

 

 

1152

 

88706

2548

2.9%

1925*

6

3

14930

485

3.2%

15824

914

5.8%

16661

224

1.3%

14668

918

 6.3%

13484

518

3.8%

75567

3059

4.0%

1922*

6

3

 

1133

 

 

191

 

 

 400

 

 

592

 

 

291

 

67918

2499

3.7%

1919*

6

3

 

645

 

 

454

 

 

392

 

 

389

 

 

366

 

68307

2246

3.3%

1916*

6

3

 

500

 

 

461

 

 

763

 

 

725

 

 

451

 

74636

2900

3.9%

1913*

6

3

 

899

 

 

 655

 

 

1212

 

 

42

 

 

390

 

68777

3198

4.7%

1912*

6

3

 

875


 

531

 

 

65


 

1160

 

 

306


73886

2937

4.0%

1909*

6

3

9070

251

  2.8%

9405

87

0.9%

11337

708

  6.2%

10285

696

6.8%

8863

159

 1.8%

48960

1901

3.9%

MEDIAN Tasmania-wide percentage of exhausted votes over the 29 Tasmanian Assembly elections from 1913 to 2006:

3.3%

MEAN Tasmania-wide percentage of exhausted votes over the 29 Tasmanian Assembly elections from 1913 to 2006: 3.4%
MAXIMUM Tasmania-wide percentage of exhausted votes (in 1946) over the 29 Tasmanian Assembly elections from 1913 to 2006: 5.7%
MINIMUM Tasmania-wide percentage of exhausted votes (in 1986) over the 29 Tasmanian Assembly elections from 1913 to 2006: 0.9%
   * Asterisk indicates that  the numbers of exhausted votes were obtained from Table 14 of the 1931 Report.