Analysis of Informal Voting, House of Representatives, 2010 Federal Election: Appendix F

Updated: 30 May 2013

Divisional summaries, 2010 House of Representatives election

Notes for divisional summaries

Demographic rating

The following demographic rating are applied to divisions:

  • Inner metropolitan: located in a capital city and comprising well-established, built-up suburbs.
  • Outer metropolitan: located in capital cities and containing areas of more recent urban expansion.
  • Provincial: divisions with a majority of enrolment in major provincial cities.
  • Rural: divisions without a majority of enrolment in major provincial cities.


Percentage swings for turnout and formality between the 2007 and 2010 federal elections (recorded in the Key statistics tables) account for the redistributions of divisions.

Informality categories

For divisional summaries, informal ballots have been grouped into the following categories.

  • Totally blank
  • Incomplete numbering – Number '1' only
  • Incomplete numbering – Other
  • Ticks and crosses
  • Other symbols
  • Non-sequential numbering
  • Scribbles, slogans and other protest vote marks
  • Illegible numbering
  • Voter identified
  • Other

Polling places with highest and lowest informality

For the purposes of this table, polling places include static polling places and pre-poll voting centres, as well as votes cast through Special Hospital Teams, Remote Mobile Teams and Prison Mobile Teams.

Polling places or teams that recorded 100 or less total ordinary votes (i.e. formal and informal votes combined) are excluded.

Data sources

For each divisional summary:

  • Figures in the tables for 'Key statistics', 'Type of vote cast' and 'Polling places with highest and lowest informality' are sourced from the Virtual Tally Room for the 2010 federal election (AEC 2010b).
  • Figures in the 'Informal votes by category' table are sourced from the 2010 House of Representatives election Informal Ballot Paper Survey conducted by the AEC.

States and territories

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