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Voting matters - Issue 16, February 2003

STV in Tasmania

P Dean

Peter Dean has been involved with ERS for many years.

In his article in Voting matters[1], Philip Kestelman raises the issue of positional voting bias. In Tasmania, there has been a continuous process of changing some details of the STV voting system to make it fairer. The problem of positional voting bias was addressed in 1979 and first used in 1980.

A summary of STV in Tasmania from Newman[2] is as follows:

A 1957 Select committee reported that it provided the Tasmanian elector with a wider freedom of choice, and a more effective vote than any other method of Parliamentary election in the world.


  1. P Kestelman. Positional Voting Bias Revised. Voting matters, Issue 15, pp 2-5. June 2002.
  2. Terry Newman. Hare-Clark in Tasmania. Joint Library Committee of the Parliament of Tasmania, Parliament House. Hobart. 1992.

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