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Southern Ward’s first election, in 2008, compared with Moysey and Abbott Wards, in 2005



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Bayside’s New Wards Gazetted:

See Page 1785 of Victoria Government Gazette G31 of 2007-08-02. Moysey Ward, which was the southernmost ward of Bayside City Council until November 2008, is the only one of Bayside’s nine former single-councillor wards that includes no part of Bayside other than Beaumaris. For the November 2008 postal ballot, all of Beaumaris is part of the new Southern Ward, which is the southernmost of Bayside’s three wards, all being multi-councillor wards. The Southern Ward elects two councillors by a quota-preferential proportional representation counting system.


Southern Ward 2008 poll:

*  Open the candidates’ statements and recommended voting order circulated to all voters in November 2008, and SCROLL DOWN to the Southern Ward statements. Cr Michael Norris, whose re-election was advocated by BCS Inc, was elected as one of the two Southern Ward councillors. See the 2008 poll results here.

*  See the statement by Cr Michael Norris at the 2005 Abbott Ward poll, at which he was elected, and see the votes cast at that poll.



 Moysey Ward 2005 poll:

  *   See the candidates’ statements, and recommended voting order, that were circulated to all voters for the November 2005 Moysey Ward poll.

  *   See the first preference votes at that 2005 election, and the result of the preferential single-councillor ward counting system used to produce it.


      Percentages of first preference votes were:

      Robyn Browne 30.0%, Bridget Hage 27.3%, John Knight 22.7%, Steve Stroud 17.0% and Justin Gooderham 3.0%.


Note that 57.3% of voters gave their first preference vote to one of the two female candidates, with the three male candidates together receiving only 42.7%, yet the candidate elected was a male.



Had Moysey Ward been a 3-councillor ward, with proportional representation counting, the quota for election would have been 25% plus one vote, so the two female candidates, Robyn Browne and Bridget Hage, would have been elected as a result of their each gaining a quota of first preference votes, and the remaining candidate elected would probably have been John Knight as a result of the transfer of, first Robyn Browne’s, and then Bridget Hage’s, surplus votes, assuming that their recommended order of voting was widely followed by their voters.


Had Moysey Ward been a 2-councillor ward, with proportional representation counting, the quota for election would have been some 33.34%, so Robyn Browne would have been first elected, with Bridget Hage likely to be the next elected, unless at least 10.7 percentage points of Steve Stroud’s voters next preferences helped elect John Knight instead.



      *       Election results for other years and wards for Bayside City Council appear on the Victorian Electoral Commission Web site.