Who did Queenslands below the line voters elect?

Hi all

I’ve just run put the Below the Line votes from the last senate election in Queensland through OpenSTV.

The results from this render are very different to the official results.

The official results are;

  2. Chris KETTER
  3. James McGRATH
  4. Glenn LAZARUS
  5. Claire MOORE
  6. Matthew CANAVAN

The results from the Below the Line render;

  1. Adam STONE (Greens) — Round 1
  2. Chris KETTER (Labor) — Round 1
  3. Ian MACDONALD (Liberal National) — Round 61
  4. Glenn LAZARUS (Palmer United) — Round 78
  5. Sandra BAYLEY (Greens) — Round 80
  6. James BLUNDELL (Katter’s Australian) — Round 80

Wikinews ArbCom election all over for another year

Update: The results for the Wikinews ArbCom election were posted in the past few minutes. They can be found over on Wikinews

Hi all
Voting was closed this morning for electing the Arbitration Committee (ArbCom) for the English language Wikinews. No votes were added since last night. The members of the Election committee will hopefully consider ratifying the result. This is usually a no surprises ratification with the result already known.

Wikinews ArbComm election wrapping up

Hi all

The English language Wikinews Arbitration Committee (ArbCom) election comes to an end at eight o’clock tonight UTC. That’ll be six tomorrow morning my time.

Wikinews uses support only approval voting to elect its ArBCom. The votes so far submitted, if rendered in ballot file format, would look like;

6 6
1 2 3 4 5 6 0
1 1 2 4 5 6 0
1 1 2 3 4 5 0
"William S. Saturn"
"Pi Zero"
"Wikinews ArbComm 2015/16"

As I pointed out in an earlier post, voting in this election is a moot point as there are six candidates seeking six spots.

Queensland Senate Count – Double Dissolution

Hi all

With a Double Dissolution being speculated by some, I figured I would see how the last senate election would pan out if it were a DD election.
For this post I’m using the above the line votes from Queensland. The software being used is OpenSTV v1.6.1. The latest version is available from openstv.org.

The ballot files I’m using had to be converted manually from CSV files the Australian Electoral Commission provide – namely the Group Voting Ticket Usage By Group and Group Voting Tickets. The AEC is apparently unable to get there software to do this conversion.

Now, I know the flaw in the method I’m using is the number of candidates with zero votes not getting overflow votes. Adding the below the line votes would help this but won’t be used here unless there is a more efficient way to translate the AEC data.

Screenshot 2015-05-25 13.56.46 Screenshot 2015-05-25 13.59.25

  1. Count of first preferences, the candidates Ian MacDonald LNP, Chris Ketter ALP, and Glenn Lazarus PUP – now IND – have reached the threshold and are elected. Candidates have surplus votes so surplus votes will be transferred for round two.
  2. Votes were transferred from Ian MacDonald LNP at a ratio of 876149/1071375 to James McGrath LNP. McGrath is now elected.
  3. Votes were transferred from James McGrath LNP at a ratio of 680921.976125/876147.976125 to Matthew Canavan LNP. Canavan is now elected.
  4. Votes were transferred from Chris Ketter ALP at a ratio of 536841/732067. Clare Moore ALP is now elected.
  5. Votes were transferred from Matthew Canavan LNP at a ratio of 485694.952250/680920.952250 to David Goodwin LNP. Goodwin is now elected.
  6. Votes were transferred from Clare Moore ALP at a ratio of 341614.836574/536840.836574 to Mark Furner ALP. Furner is now elected.
  7. Votes were transferred from David Goodwin LNP to Theresa Craig LNP at a ratio of 290467.928375/485693.928375. Craig is now elected.
  8. Votes from Mark Furner ALP were transferred at a ratio of 146388.673148/341614.673148 to Nikki Boyd ALP. Boyd did not reach the threshold with this transfer.
  9. Votes from Theresa Craig LNP were transferred at a ratio of 95240.904500/290466.904500 to Amanda Stoker LNP. Stoker did not reach the threshold with this transfer.
  10. Votes from Glenn Lazarus PUP were transferred at a ratio of 56123/251349 to Clive Mensink. Mensink did not reach the threshold with this transfer.

So just on the allocation of first preferences and transferring excess votes there are nine candidates elected. They are five from the LNP, three from the ALP and one from the PUP.

Screenshot 2015-05-28 09.42.59

In the screen cap above you can see the mass exclusion of those with no votes. From this point up to the elimination of Clive Mensink PUP at count 41, the votes are transferred at full value as they would be in Instant Runoff Voting used in the House of Reps.

  1. 57840.964163 votes from Clive Mensink PUP were transferred to Adam Stone GRN. Stone has been elected.
  2. Votes from Adam Stone GRN were transferred at at a ratio of 16365.964163/211591.964163 to Amanda Stoker LNP and James Moylen HMP. Neither Stoker or Moylen have reached the threshold.
  3. Amanda Stoker LNP has been eliminated. 100064.677855 votes were transferred to Daniel McCarthy AFLP. McCarthy has now been elected.
  4. Votes from Daniel McCarthy AFLP were transferred at a ratio of 14407.677855/209633.677855 to James Moylen HMP and James Blundell KAP. Neither Moylen or Blundell have reached the threshold.
  5. 116534.666473 from James Blundell KAP were transferred to James Moylen HMP and Nikki Boyd ALP. Boyd is now elected.

The count ends here. The make up of the final rounds of counting are one Green; one Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party; and one Labor.

The candidates taking seats in the senate on this count would be –

  1. Ian MacDonald LNP
  2. Chris Ketter ALP
  3. Glenn Lazarus PUP
  4. James McGrath LNP
  5. Matthew Canavan LNP
  6. Clare Moore ALP
  7. David Goodwin LNP
  8. Mark Furner ALP
  9. Theresa Craig LNP
  10. Adam Stone GRN
  11. Daniel McCarthy AFLP
  12. Nikki Boyd ALP.

There may be a few changes if the below the line votes were added. If you have any input please let me know.

Parliament approves mass surveillance of all Australians

Last night the Federal Parliament voted to give law enforcement and intelligence agencies access to an unprecedented amount of information on all Australians.1 The Coalition Government and Australian Labor Party gleefully goose-stepped together to pass legislation requiring telecommunications service providers to store enormous amounts of personal data for a minimum of two years under the mandatory data retention scheme.
This has created a mass surveillance regime that will target all Australians at a time when other countries have abandoned this approach, and Australians will pay for this increased surveillance through taxes and additional phone and Internet charges. This is despite overwhelming evidence that mandatory data retention schemes do not work to reduce serious crime and are a substantial assault on privacy.
Pirate Party Deputy President Simon Frew said: “Years of undermining privacy and other civil liberties has reached a climax. Everyone will live under the shadow of mass surveillance. We can no longer take our privacy for granted. It doesn’t matter if you’re a doctor, a lawyer or a journalist — no one can assume that their communications are confidential. This is the most shamelessly authoritarian legislation Australia has seen for a long time.”
“The political duopoly is out of touch,2 and is bleeding votes from people of all political persuasions. This latest attack on privacy will have a price tag come 2016,” Mr Frew warned.
Reviews conducted in Germany and other countries show that mass surveillance schemes have virtually no effect on crime.3 The European Court of Justice overturned the European Union’s Data Retention Directive in 2014 on the basis that it grossly breached fundamental rights.4 Supporters of mandatory data retention have offered no evidence to suggest that mass surveillance will be successful in Australia.
The next few years will see grassroots resistance against state intrusion into civil society and private life. If overseas experience is any guide, citizens will prove more than capable of doing what Parliament should have done on their behalf — protecting their rights.
The Pirate Party will soon be releasing a comprehensive guide to defending your privacy in this new age of surveillance.
“The Pirate Party will be at the forefront of this fight for years to come,” pledged Mr Frew. “That is our promise”.