Analysis and recounting of the City of Melbourne “C9” Council elections produces a different result.
If we remove all the distortions that arise though the segmentation, wrong calculation of the surplus transfer value and the method of calculating the quota that was introduced last century back in the times of the typewriter when computer technology was not readily available we would have a true proportionality election. If we divided the number of votes by the number of vacancies (x/y) and allocated each vote a value of one and proportioned out the value of the vote with one single transaction per candidate, no segmentation the results of the election would have been
|1||LOUEY, Kevin||TEAM DOYLE|
|2||OKE, Cathy||THE GREENS|
|3||ONG, Ken||GARY SINGER – JOHN SO MELBOURNE LIVING|
|4||WOOD, Arron||TEAM DOYLE|
|5||PINDER-MORTIMER, Beverley||TEAM DOYLE|
|6||MAYNE, Stephen||STEPHEN MAYNE|
|7||WATTS, Jackie||MORGAN ELLIOTT- PROSPERITY FOR LIVEABILITY|
|8||FOSTER, Richard||OUR MELBOURNE|
|9||CHAMBERLIN, Kevin||SHANAHAN CHAMBERLIN FOR MELBOURNE|
Greens candidate, Rohan Leppert would have been excluded.
The system that is currently in place is semi proportional at best and as a result of the method of calculating the surplus transfer value (based on the number of ballot papers as opposed to the value of the vote) the value of some votes increase at the a expense of others. It distorts the proportionality of the vote and does not accurately reflect the voters intentions.
The Greens received 15.62% of the primary vote which in pure proportional terms equates to 1.41 quotas.
After the distribution of preferences the Greens second candidate fails to reach quota and is excluded from the count.
If Victoria is to maintain public confidence in the electoral system the results of the election MUST be accurate and MUST reflect the intentions of the electorate. It must be proportional to the vote. Each vote must equal one value.
The flawed and outdated system of counting the vote was designed to facilitate a manual count, back in the days before calculators or computers. With the aid of computer technology and a more accurate method of counting the vote there is no justification to maintain the existing electoral systems.
If we calculated dividends or interest paid on financial transactions the way we calculate the vote our financial system would collapse over night.
|Group Name||ATL||BTL||Total||%||Quota %||Quotas||Remainder|
|RESIDENTS FIRST:STOP THE RATES RIP-OFF!||1,703||226||1,929||3.03%||0.27||–||0.27|
|SHANAHAN CHAMBERLIN FOR MELBOURNE||3,242||444||3,686||5.79%||0.52||–||0.52|
|COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS LEADERSHIP||561||73||634||1.00%||0.09||–||0.09|
|COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS LEADERSHIP||560||73||633||0.99%||0.09||–||0.09|
|THE GREENS||8,989||953||9,942||15.62%||1.41||– 1.00||0.41|
|TEAM DOYLE||22,915||949||23,864||37.48%||3.37||– 3.00||0.37|
|MORGAN ELLIOTT- PROSPERITY FOR LIVEABILITY||5,598||516||6,114||9.60%||0.86||–||0.86|
|GARY SINGER – JOHN SO MELBOURNE LIVING||7,596||708||8,304||13.04%||1.17||– 1.00||0.17|