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POST-POLL WRAP REVEALS VOTER TRENDS

News Release

Friday, 29 April 2016

POST-POLL WRAP REVEALS VOTER TRENDS

Queensland recorded an average voter turnout of 82 per cent at last month’s local government elections, almost 2 per cent higher than the 2012 response.

A post-poll analysis by the Local Government Association of Queensland’s General Manager – Advocacy, Greg Hoffman, also shows the rate of informal votes cast for mayors was 4 per cent and 6 per cent for councillors.

Thirty-six mayors were returned, including eight unopposed.

The 41 new mayors comprised 15 sitting councillors, seven previous mayors and 19 newcomers to local government.

The turnover of councillors (49.8%) was slightly less than the 2012 rate (51.2%) but substantially higher than 2008 (29%) and 2004 (12.3%).

Female councillor candidates had a slightly higher success rate than their male counterparts, representing 32.2 per cent of nominations but being elected in 32.9 per cent of the 502 available positions.

Click here to read the full analysis.

Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006


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