As of noon today the candidates for the September 7 federal election have been finalized, and the Australian Electoral Commission have released some amazing numbers. This year will see a record 1,717 candidates running for election, a massive 43% increase over the 1,198 that ran in 2010. But the numbers get wilder when you break them down further: there are an astonishing 529 candidates running for the 40 open seats in the Senate, and 1188 candidates for the 150 House of Reps seats. Too bad so many of these contests are already all but won by incumbents and major parties.
Furthermore, and despite the continued absence of 1.2 million Australians from the electoral roll, this election will see a record 14.7 million voters. More than 600,000 people have joined the electoral roll since the last election, 71,000 of them enrolling online in just the 24 hours before last Monday’s deadline. To complement these numbers, the AEC have released a table breaking down eligible voters by age and state:
I have already spoken of the AEC’s incredible advertising campaign to get more Australians on the roll, but honestly they have done an incredible job all the way round. 1,717 candidate registrations, 490,000 address updates (including myself), and more than 600,000 new enrollments. Thank god for the AEC.