Michael Sproul

Announcing the Australian Senate Simulator 3000

Written by Michael Sproul on November 17, 2017.

TL;DR: Click here.

Hey, so it’s a about a year since I finished my computer program for calculating the results of Australian senate elections, and I’m pleased to announce that I’ve done something new with it!

With all the debacle over Section 44 of the constitution preventing anyone with foreign citizenship from being legitimately elected, I’ve put together a small website to run “hypothetical” elections, where you can choose candidates to exclude. What if so-and-so has a Scottish parent? Or blah-blah-blah is a secret spy for the New Zealand government? Chuck their name in the “disqualified candidates” box, and you can see who will replace them!

Check it out here: https://sproul.xyz/senate/

Usually you can guess a senator’s replacement based on who’s next on the ticket, but with my website you can be more sure of the result – because it calculates the result from the actual ballot papers.

If you have programming/web design expertise, improvements to the site’s code are more than welcome! You can check it out here.



Tagged: politics, democracy, australia, algorithms, tech