Derwent counting suspended

RETURNING officers have today carried out a full re-check of ballot papers returned from polling places, resulting in minor changes to the voting figures published last night. As no candidate reached 50 per cent of the votes cast, the Tasmanian Electoral Office then proceeded to distribute the preferences of Greens candidate Phillip Bingley, who had received the fewest votes.

Following the exclusion of Mr Bingley, Labor candidate Craig Farrell (42.56%) has a clear lead on Jenny Branch (22.66%), Ray Williams (17.73%) and Deirdre Flint (17.04%). Because the number of votes outstanding is greater than the margin between Ms Flint and Mr Williams, it has not been possible to continue with the provisional distribution of preferences. It is presumed the counting will continue once postal votes are received.

The current figures for the division of Derwent are:
Craig Farrell (ALP) 8231
Jenny Branch (Ind) 4383
Ray Williams (Ind) 3429
Deirdre Flint (Ind) 3296
Phillip Bingley (Greens) excluded.

The flow of Mr Bingley’s preferences was as follows:
Farrell 758
Branch 471
Flint 396
Williams 279

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