Category Archives: Electoral Geography (voting maps)

Geographical perspectives on the May 2018 referendum contest

Adrian Kavanagh, 29th May 2018 With a national turnout rate of 64.1% – just 1.0% lower than the national turnout level for the 2016 General Election – the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy (Repeal of 8th Amendment) referendum was passed with 66.4% … Continue reading

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A Geography of Voter Turnout at the 2016 General Election: A Focus on Dublin City

Adrian Kavanagh, 15th April 2016 Voter turnout can be defined as the percentage of people who turn out to vote in a given election. In the USA, voter turnout levels are calculated the percentage of the valid adult population (aged … Continue reading

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“You’re not from around here, are yeah?”: Just how local are the 2016 General Election candidates?

Adrian Kavanagh, 18th February 2016 All politics is local, it is claimed. This especially proves to be the case when it comes to Irish elections. For a variety of reason, voters tend to vote for candidates from their local area … Continue reading

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Voter Turnout in Dublin City for the Marriage Equality/Presidential Candidate Age referendum contests

Adrian Kavanagh, 22nd June 2015 As noted in last month’s post, the national voter turnout rate of 60.5% – which was just 9.4% lower than the turnout level for the 2011 General Election – for the Marriage Equality (and Presidential Candidate Age) … Continue reading

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Past not an entirely different country? A look back at the 1985 Local Elections

Adrian Kavanagh, 22nd November 2013 With little more than half a year until the 2014 Local Elections, I thought it would be useful to look back at a previous local elections contest that took place in what may well prove … Continue reading

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Geography and Elections – 2013 Seanad Referendum voter turnout levels in Dublin City

Adrian Kavanagh, 19th November 2013 This post looks at voter turnout levels in the recent Seanad and Court of Appeals referendum contests, making specific reference to turnout differences at the Dail constituency level but also to turnout differences (based on … Continue reading

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Voting patterns and turnout levels in Referendum elections in the Republic of Ireland, 1937-2013

Adrian Kavanagh, 12th September 2013 After 4th October, there will have been thirty seven different referendum contests held in the history of the state, but some of these contests have taken place on the same date, while the same issue … Continue reading

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Blood in the Water?: How patterns of local representation match up with new local election boundaries – an overview

Adrian Kavanagh, 25th June 2013 The previous series of posts have reviewed in details how the new local election boundaries, as drawn up in the 2013 Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee Report, relate to the home bases of the current array … Continue reading

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A geographical view of the 2012 Children’s Referendum vote

Adrian Kavanagh, 12th November 2012 The Children’s Referendum vote, which took place on Satuday (10th November 2012),  was passed on a lower than expected (but rather comfortable) margin of 615,731 votes (58.00%) to 445,863 (42.00%). This referendum vote had the third lowest ever … Continue reading

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Voter turnout levels in referendum elections in the Republic of Ireland, 1937-2012

Adrian Kavanagh, 9th November 2012 (updates – 12th November 2012) Referendum elections have taken place on twenty seven different occasions in the history of the Irish state, with a significant increase in the incidence of these in more recent decades … Continue reading

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