Some electoral stats

Some interesting statistics in the latest issue of The Tally Board from the Australian Electoral Commission which show how important the internet has become for basic information about elections.

During the 2007 federal election, there were more than 3.2 million visitors to the AEC website and over 14.4 million page views. This compares to over 800 000 visitors who viewed more than 6.8 million pages at the 2004 election.

The AEC received more than 43 million website hits to its Virtual Tally Room on election night. This equates to more than three website hits for every enrolled elector in the country in one night alone.

For those who liked election trivia, Brisbane had the busiest polling booth in the country, with Algester State School (in the seat of Oxley) issuing 7105 votes on election day.

This is still not the busiest polling booth though. That title goes to London, which had 16 226 votes cast, followed by Hong Kong, which had 10 456.

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  1. Justifying their officers income,I would say. They aren’t that loud about the failures of Internet Services in the country communities,that is only an issue when all the rest burn out for awhile!

  2. I think it is a reflection of how much we use the internet these days, and how eager most people were to see the end of John Howard. Even losing his own seat … tsk, tsk, tsk.

  3. G’day Andrew

    Pleased to see a pollie embracing the web.

    Any government, business or brand for that matter that tries to ignore the increasing power of the Internet to engage with the public does so at their own risk. A recent IAB report said something like the typical Australian now spends approximately 12% of the awake time online, other research said 1 in 6 of those minutes is spent on social network sites such as Facebook – not all people are just sharing jokes (smiles).

    The web has fundamentally changed society and the way we manage and share information. The music industry has been transformed by the Internet, so has media and a host of other industries (except the building industry).
    If we want smart Australia, then we need world competitive, superfast, inexpensive, broadband access to all our homes, businesses and schools. We need a dedicated program to help small business embrace the web (something like only 33% of small businesses have a web site whereas 99% of corporates have an online presence).

    There is now question technology increases productivity, transparency and customer service.

    There’s some good government websites but now maybe it’s time for government enmasse to help drive adoption from the top to help all Australians and small businesses embrace the web?

    Today, targeted news “keywords” can be delivered as simply as a daily email. This reply in case – I accidentally found your blog entry via an very good Australian news alert service called Plugger – – I was monitoring “Australian innovation” – this blog entry appeared less than 24 hours after your submission.

    I’ll now subscribe to your RSS feeds, Digg the article, that will then automatically feed into all my other online services from Facebook to my website and out to my friends.

    Your article has also given me an idea so I’ll probably write a blog about it and the information cycle continues.

    Scott Maxworthy

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