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Parliament of South Australia, Assembly election

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General election for the Assembly South Australia 
Date of election (or first day of voting at elections held over more than one day) 26 March 1927

Government in office and parliamentary support before and after the election

Government in office at election

Premier in office at date of election. (check notes to see if change of Premier since previous election) Lionel Laughton Hill
Premier's party affiliation Australian Labor Party 
Assembly support for government at election Majority 
If coalition, coalition partner(s)  

Government in office after election

Premier in office after election. Richard Layton Butler [jnr]
Premier's party affiliation Liberal Party
Assembly support for government after election Coalition  
If coalition, coalition partner(s) Country Party  

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll 309,588 
Number of Assembly seats 46 
Number of uncontested seats
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats 32,251 
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats 277,337 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 214,738 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 77.43% 
Total valid votes 507,320 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting Not applicable
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system 3,943
Electoral system Universal franchise at 21 years, multimember districts, first past the post (plurality) voting 


South Australia, Assembly votes and seats won

Election held on 26 March 1927
Criteria for the inclusion of parties in this table are set out in the Glossary under 'listed party'

Party Name First preference vote n First preference vote share % Change from previous election % Seats won n Uncontested seats held n Seat share %
Australian Labor Party 243,450  47.99  -0.37     16  34.78 
Liberal and Country Party Coalition 230,667  45.47  *     28  60.87 
Independents 22,643  4.46  +4.00     2.17 
Independent Protestant Labor Party 10,560  2.08  *     2.17 
Votes for other than listed parties 0.00  -0.55          
Totals 507,320  100.00    46  100.00 

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* Party did not contest previous election or did not meet criteria for listing, or contested previous election under a different party name.


Electoral districts were divided into 3 member and 2 member districts and the electoral system permitted voters to cast more that one vote. Premier in office at election: Hill replaced Gunn as premier on 28 August 1926.


Colin A Hughes and B D Graham, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1968, SBN 708102700).