Posts by TracyMac

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  • Legal Beagle: Election '11: the special votes, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Yes, apparently "Dr Brash formerly resigned last night."

    No word on whether a Tardis was involved.

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  • Hard News: Democracy Night, in reply to Eddie Clark,

    *high fives*

    And with attitudes like those still abounding, there shouldn't be any wonder that my (gay woman) party vote has never been cast for Labour.

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  • Hard News: Democracy Night,

    4000 with that possible lean seems like a pretty reasonable number to help those electorates retain their current MPs. I don't think party votes will make an appreciable difference now, unless the Greens can pull another one of their hat (or Winnie's crew, god help us)

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  • Hard News: Democracy Night,

    Can we stick Trotter and Lhaws in a cage and may the best rabid dog win? I think Trotter (and those of his ilk in the party he represents - Waitakere Man is a good one) is reason #1 I still refuse to vote Labour when I have a choice (although I was happy to cast an electorate vote for Annette King).

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  • Hard News: Democracy Night,

    So which way do the specials tend to fall? And I'm dying to know how many were cast for Christchurch Central

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  • Hard News: Democracy Night, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    Also, my reading of those figures wasn't as catastrophic as yours - I assumed the vast majority of the informal votes for the "which would you prefer" option were those who voted to retain MMP, because it seems likely the majority of those wouldn't bother filling in the second part. The numbers could stack up that way as well.

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  • Hard News: Democracy Night, in reply to Sacha,

    Thanks for the heads-up on the Listener live blog.

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  • Hard News: Democracy Night,

    Keith's map DOES look very funky, and it's gathering stuff already. Very nice.

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  • Hard News: Democracy Night,

    So, where are people listing, watching, reading (e.g. live blogs) tonight?

    I don't have a teev, so I'm not sure where I should point my browser - whether at a streaming media of some kind, or some interesting people doing a live blog. (Although I assume this thread will fulfil some of the latter, I do want to get an idea of results-as-they-happen).

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  • Hard News: Last Words, in reply to Ben McNicoll,

    I'm sure this is discussed further downthread, but why have such a bastardised system as PV when you might as well go the whole hog with STV and get a properly proportional result (if that's what you want)?

    And yes, the big parties hogging the seats is precisely reason I was never impressed with the system while living in Oz.

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