Adelaide City Council currently chooses its Lord Mayor and Councillors in five separate elections: one for Lord Mayor; one for 5 Area Councillors; and three ward elections electing 2 Ward Councillors each.
Is this system fair? Are all plutocrats treated equally?
Consider the influence of the following voters in the election of councillors:
Voter A - Net worth $500,000
Owns, with the bank, two small rental properties in two different wards and lives with his parents in the third ward.
Number of Votes = 5 (1 Mayoral; 1 Area Councillor; 3 Ward Councillors)
Voter B – Net worth $10 million
Owns two factories in different wards and lives on Kangaroo Island
Number of Votes = 4 (1 Mayoral; 1 Area Councillor; 2 Ward Councillors)
Voter C – Net worth $100 million
Owns three office blocks in the central business district and lives in the penthouse of one of them.
Number of Votes = 3 (1 Mayoral; 1 Area Councillor; 1 Ward Councillor)
Is that fair?
- STV Election for seven (7) positions
- 28 Candidates
- 6 Groups and 2 ungrouped candidates
- Informal Vote 2.9%
Katy Gallagher (Labor) was elected on the first count with over a quota. Her surplus was distributed and there were no exhausted votes. Naturally there had to have been votes which gave Gallagher only a single 1 but these votes remained with Gallagher and the surplus was carried by the other votes. After her surplus was distributed, no other candidate had a quota; candidates were then excluded from the bottom.
by Stephen Lesslie
Few intellectual tyrannies can be more recalcitrant than the truths that everybody knows and nearly no one can defend with any decent data (for who needs proof of anything so obvious). – Stephen J. Gould
In the April edition we examined the “truth” that STV electorates must contain an odd number of members.
In this edition we examine the “truth” that in a STV election voters must indicate preferences for more than one candidate.
In STV elections in Australia, this number varies from all candidates to at least half of the candidates to be elected. Only in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is a vote valid if only one preference is marked.