This is something a little different to our regular blog posts for you!
What is your vote really worth in the election?
All votes in Australia are weighted equally, but do some count more than others? With the federal election creeping up quickly, we’re interested to know how much impact our votes really have!
- Australia’s population is approximately 24,112, 219 (this figure changes constantly).
- Non-eligibility excludes a large portion of the population, mainly due to non-citizenship or under-18s. This makes 16,447,262 voters.
- Almost one million Australians who are eligible to vote aren’t actually registered. Now we have 15,676,659.
- A change in government requires the marginal seats to swing to the opposition. The AEC estimates that a marginal seat is won by less than 6%. If we exclude voters in safe seats, the number of voters drops to 5,735, 142.
- In 2013, the Australian Electoral Study showed that the number of swinging voters was approximately 54%, so there are now about 3,096,977 voters (a swinging voter is a voter that is not affiliated with or loyal to a particular political party).
Votes that actually count = ~13%