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Commonwealth Parliament, Senate election in South Australia

(for more information on this election see national summary for the Senate)

Election of 23 October 1937


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Senate enrolment and voting in South Australia

Total number of voters on the roll in this state/territory
594,583
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
350,752
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
96.74%
Total valid votes
303,595
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
13.44%

Electoral composition of the Senate for this election in South Australia

Total number of seats in the Senate
36
Total number of seats for each state
6
Number of seats for each territory
Seats to be filled at this Senate election in this state/territory
3
Casual vacancies/additional seats included in seats to be filled
0
Electoral System
Adult franchise at 21 years; multimember districts; preferential voting (AV); compulsory preferences; compulsory voting

Senate votes and seats won, and seats held in South Australia

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Election held on 23 October 1937
Criteria for the inclusion of parties in this table are set out in the Glossary under 'listed party'

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Party Name First preference vote n First preference vote share % Change from previous election % Seats won by ticket n Seats won by ticket % Seats won by party n Seats won by party % Seats held by party n Seats held by party %
United Australia Party  123,071  40.54  100.00  100.00  100.00 
Australian Labor Party  120,142  39.57           
Independents  60,382  19.89           
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 -1.72             
Totals 303,595  100.00    100.00  100.00  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.

Notes

See the Glossary of this website for information on Senate elections and details of the distinction between Seats won by ticket and Seats won by party, and between Seats won and Seats held.

For this Senate election, the Australian Labor Party had recovered from the split within the party which had led to rivalry between a Federal Labor Party and other Labor groupings at federal and state elections in the period from 1931 to 1936, particularly in New South Wales.

Sources

Colin A Hughes and B D Graham, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, (Canberra; Australian National University Press, 1968 SBN 708112700); Commonwealth Parliament, Department of the Senate.