Close of Nominations – 2021 Tasmanian Election

A total of 105 candidates have nominated to contests the 2021 Tasmanian election on 1 May. That’s down from 109 candidates in 2018 and 126 in 2014, but up on the very low 89 that contested then 2010 election.

This is the seventh election since the House of Assembly was reduced to 25 seats, and 105 candidates is the third lowest since the change.

The graph below shows the number of candidates at elections since 1969.

The number of candidates by party at elections since 1998 is shown below.

The Liberal Party has nominated teams of six candidates for Bass, Braddon and Lyons, a tactic parties sometimes adopt to have spare candidates in case of a resignation causing a re-count. Two resignations in Braddon since 2018, and a resignation plus the election of 2018 Lyons candidate Jane Howlett to the Legislative Council, left the Liberal Party with no more candidates to nominate had there been another vacancy in Braddon or Lyons.

Labor’s decision to nominate six candidates for Franklin came about after Labor’s National Executive over-ruled the state branch’s pre-selection decision and added Kingborough Mayor Dean Winter as a sixth candidate for Franklin.

Table 1 – Candidates by Party at Tasmanian Elections 1998-2021

Party 1998 2002 2006 2010 2014 2018 2021
Liberal Party 25 26 25 27 25 25 28
Labor Party 34 26 25 27 25 25 26
Greens 25 25 25 25 25 25 25
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers .. .. .. .. .. 11 9
Animal Justice .. .. .. .. .. .. 4
Federation Party .. .. .. .. .. .. 1
Jacqui Lambie Network .. .. .. .. .. 12 ..
Palmer United Party .. .. .. .. 22 .. ..
National Party .. .. .. .. 13 .. ..
Socialist Alliance .. 6 2 2 2 .. ..
Tasmania First 26 3 4 .. .. .. ..
Australian Democrats 9 7 .. .. .. .. ..
Independents/Others 19 17 12 9 14 6 12
Total Candidates 138 112 95 89 126 109 105
Candidates per Vacancy 5.5 4.5 3.8 3.6 5.0 4.4 4.2

The number of candidates per division is shown in the table below. Bass and Lyons have the fewest candidates with 19, while Clark has the most with 24.

Table 2 – Candidates per Division – Tasmanian Elections 1998-2021

Electorate 1998 2002 2006 2010 2014 2018 2021
Bass 30 27 19 20 22 20 19
Braddon 27 19 16 19 26 29 21
Denison/Clark 31 20 24 17 30 18 24
Franklin 29 25 18 17 24 16 22
Lyons 21 21 18 16 24 26 19
Total Candidates 138 112 95 89 126 109 105

The depth of the ballot paper is determined by the maximum number of candidates in any column, which is six in the case of the 2021 election. The width is determined by the number of nominated groups. The number of groups per division since 1998 is shown in Table 3 below.

Tabel 3 – Columns/Groups per Division – Tasmanian Elections 1998-2021

Electorate 1998 2002 2006 2010 2014 2018 2021
Bass 6 7 5 4 6 5 6
Braddon 7 5 4 4 7 7 5
Denison/Clark 7 5 7 5 10 5 9
Franklin 7 7 5 5 6 4 6
Lyons 4 6 5 3 6 6 6
Total Groups 31 30 26 21 35 27 32