Proportional Representation - Tasmania House of Assembly and local government (Councillors)

Tasmania House of Assembly
Name of proportional representation system Hare-Clark
Ballot Paper Ticket Voting Above or beside the line voting No.
Rotation of candidate names Robson Rotation within each column.
Number of rotations is equal to twice the number of candidates within the column.
Candidates are listed in party or group columns with all individual candidates being listed in the final column under the heading "Unngrouped".
Directions Number the squares from 1 to N in order of your choice.
Your vote will not be counted unless you number at least 5 squares.
(N = number of candidates)
Formality A formal vote must contain preferences for at least 5 candidates, by numbering 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
Further preferences are optional. Preferences can be counted until sequential numbering breaks down.
A vote is informal if:
  • no vote has been recorded on it or the elector has not voted in the manner directed
  • a number from 1–5 is repeated or has been omitted.
Distribution of a Surplus Method of distribution of surplus votes and calculation for new transfer value Only the last parcel of ballot papers received by the elected candidate is distributed to pass on the surplus votes.

transfer value equals number of surplus votes divided by number of ballot papers in the last parcel
Election of a candidate Exclusion of candidates Amalgamated transfer values.
All of the ballot paper parcels received by the excluded candidate are amalgamated by transfer value and distributed in decreasing order of magnitude.
Exclusion of the lowest candidate when two or more are equal Exclude the candidate that had the lowest total the last time those candidates were unequal.
If those candidates were equal at all times, exclude the candidate determined by lot.
Casual Vacancies How is a casual vacancy filled? The new member is chosen by recount.
If a recount is not practicable, or if there is no available consenting candidate from the party of the vacating member, a by-election may be held for the vacant position.
Tasmania local government (Councillors)
Name of proportional representation system Hare-Clark
Ballot Paper Ticket Voting Above or beside the line voting No.
Rotation of candidate names Robson Rotation within each column.
Number of rotations is equal to the number of candidates within the column.
Single column of candidate names with no party or independent affiliations listed.
Directions Number the squares from 1 to N in order of your choice.
Your vote will not be counted unless you number at least 5 squares.
(N = number of candidates)
Formality A formal vote must contain preferences for at least 5 candidates, by numbering 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
Further preferences are optional. Preferences can be counted until sequential numbering breaks down.
A vote is informal if:
  • no vote has been recorded on it or the elector has not voted in the manner directed
  • a number from 1–5 is repeated or has been omitted.
Distribution of a Surplus Method of distribution of surplus votes and calculation for new transfer value Only the last parcel of ballot papers received by the elected candidate is distributed to pass on the surplus votes.

transfer value equals number of surplus votes divided by number of ballot papers in the last parcel
Election of a candidate Exclusion of candidates Amalgamated transfer values.
All of the ballot paper parcels received by the excluded candidate are amalgamated by transfer value and distributed in decreasing order of magnitude.
Exclusion of the lowest candidate when two or more are equal Exclude the candidate that had the lowest total the last time those candidates were unequal.
If those candidates were equal at all times, exclude the candidate determined by lot.
Casual Vacancies How is a casual vacancy filled? The new member is chosen by recount.
If a recount is not practicable, or if there is no available consenting candidate from the party of the vacating member, a by-election may be held for the vacant position.

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