The Donegal by-election

Regarding the Donegal South-West by-election, thejournal.ie has this tidbit:

Polling stations opened at 7am this [Thursday] morning and remain open until 10pm tonight – though voters on Donegal’s islands voted on Monday, as is traditional, to account for any difficulty in bringing the votes to land.

The count begins at 9:00 a.m. Friday, Irish time.

The Sinn Fein candidate, Pearse Doherty, is expected to win rather easily.

A Red C poll commissioned by Paddy Power two weeks ago showed Doherty commanding a massive lead in the opinion polls, with 40% of respondents saying they were likely to give him their first preference vote, while another 17% said he would receive their second preference.

The electoral system, of course, is single transferable vote. But this election is for one seat, which means the system reduces to the alternative vote, where the quota to win the seat is 50% + 1.

2 thoughts on “The Donegal by-election

  1. Via RTE:

    Pearse Doherty [of Sinn Fein] has been elected in the Donegal South West by-election to fill the Dáil seat vacated by MEP Pat The Cope Gallagher.

    He was elected after the fourth count without reaching the quota. Fine Gael’s Brian O’Neill came second with Fianna Fáil’s Brian Ó’Domhall in third place. The total valid poll was 34,424 and the quota is 17,213.

    Mr Doherty got the highest number of first preference votes with 13,719 in the first count.

  2. The left (very) broadly defined-SF/Labour/ex-SF Independent-got almost 60% of the 1st preference vote, up from 25% in 2007. The FF vote halved, and even FG are down from 2007 in first preferences.

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