[LINK] GetUP: Fwd: Where do the independents stand?

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Tue Aug 24 15:57:30 AEST 2010

Jan Whitaker wrote:
> I thought this outcome was interesting. Just goes to show that every 
> vote does count. It may be less valid in the US where the actual 
> number of votes cast is variable, but here, it does matter.
> Jan

Worth noting the INFORMAL in Mcewan at 3,897 (of 88,461)
was  twice gettup's additional voters

Brsibane INFORMAL  2,440 (of 65,437)

Grayndler Informal 5,410 (of 74,637)

Sydney Informal 3,312 (of 61,943)

Adam Bandt Greens Melbourne Informal 2,428 (of 72,754)

Julia Guillard's seat of Lalor Informal 5,818 (of 93,950)

Tony Abbot's seat of Warringah Informal 3,475 (of  74,587)

>> As just one example, through the High Court challenge brought by 
>> GetUp members, 98,138 Australians were able to vote yesterday who 
>> wouldn't have otherwise had the chance. That's a wonderful thing for 
>> democracy. And in the tightest electorates those extra votes are 
>> determining who forms Government.
>> In the marginal seat of Brisbane the difference between Labor and 
>> Liberal is currently a few hundred votes, and GetUp's High Court 
>> case added 1097 voters to the rolls. In Corangamite, where the 
>> margin may be in the hundreds, there were over 724 extra voters 
>> because of the success of GetUp members. And in McEwan, where the 
>> last election came down to 27 votes, there were an additional 1191 
>> voters on the rolls this election. In 12 marginal electorates, the 
>> number of voters added to the rolls because of the High Court 
>> challenge was greater than the difference between the two parties 
>> last election.
> Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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