Ben Raue is creating electoral analysis and data at the Tally Room
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Hi, I'm Ben Raue, and I run the Tally Room website. I've been running this website since 2008, covering elections in Australia.

I've focused on publishing useful data and background information to make it easier for my readers to understand Australian elections, alongside my own analysis and predictions. I'd like to think I'm known for being fair and rising above my own biases in my analysis.

I've particularly specialised in publishing thorough guides to each election, including informative maps for each electorate as well as candidate lists, past results and the history and geography of the seat. I've now published such a guide for every state and federal election since 2010. These guides have also been popular places to have discussions about a specific electorate in the comments sections.

I've also been publishing boundary maps for every Australian state and territory electoral redistribution over the last decade, as well as local government boundaries for most of the country and ward maps for Australia's four biggest states.

More recently, I began compiling results from various state and local elections and publishing the results in an easy-to-use format, in my data repository . A lot of these results are hard to access, published as PDFs or even image files. I've aimed to publish them in a single spreadsheet, with matching files listing the polling places with latitudes and longitudes (often not provided by the electoral commission), and full lists of candidates.

Of course I also provide my own analysis and coverage of results, but the niche for this website has always been providing this foundational data which can help everyone do better work analysing elections.

This work was not previously sustainable. In the long run I wasn't going to be able to keep up this work with the level of support I had at the end of 2017.

After a big push in late 2017 and early 2018 I now have enough donors to take the occasional day off from my day job to work on my various electoral projects. In particular, it is allowing me to keep up with the fickle timelines set by elections - more donors will allow me to ensure the guide to the next federal election is done well in advance, in case the election is called early.

I am now publishing my guides to the upcoming federal, NSW and Victorian elections - one seat per day (and if you sign up as a patron for $5 or more per month, you can nominate a seat to be prioritised).

Support from my patrons has allowed me to complete these guides ahead of schedule, and further patronage will allow me to take on more ambitious goals. I am currently completing a collection of recent election results as clean complete datasets (and I'd like to dive back into the history books to expand this collection), and I'm seeking more donors to allow me to run an elections podcast.

Every dollar helps me achieve this goal!
Tiers
Thank you
$1 or more per month
Every dollar helps, particularly when I know it'll come every month.
Insiders circle
$5 or more per month
For those donors giving $5 or more per month, I'll send you updates at least once a month on what I'm currently working on, and upcoming priorities.


When I am releasing new datasets (for example, candidate lists, electoral boundary maps, or fresh inclusions in the data repository) I will share this with these donors first.


NEW: Nominate one electorate for the federal election, Victorian state election or NSW state election and I will aim to complete my guide to that electorate within the next week (excluding federal seats in Victoria, SA or ACT). 

Making a big difference!
$20 or more per month
Giving $20 per month will make a big difference in terms of allowing this website to grow and do more stuff.


In addition to being included in the insiders circle, I will include the names of people giving $20 or more on the 'about' page as a thank you, and also include you in my thank yous when I release my next big project (eg. an election guide).

Goals
67 of 70 patrons
If we get 70 patrons, I'll start up a Tally Room elections podcast!

This is something I have wanted to do for a long time but haven't had the time to do it. My original goal was to recruit 200 patrons to support the podcast, but I have set my goal lower to get things started.

This funding would allow me to acquire some basic equipment and spend some time on this project to do it properly without impinging on the core business of the website, although closer to 100 patrons would allow me to make the podcast more professional (a goal for a later time!).

I would hope to do the show with smart people who know a lot about elections - discussing upcoming elections as well as electoral history and other electoral matters such as voting reform and redistributions. During election campaigns I would hope this could be a place to hold discussions about the campaign focused on the data and likely outcomes (with some of the inspiration coming from the 538 Elections podcast).
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Hi, I'm Ben Raue, and I run the Tally Room website. I've been running this website since 2008, covering elections in Australia.

I've focused on publishing useful data and background information to make it easier for my readers to understand Australian elections, alongside my own analysis and predictions. I'd like to think I'm known for being fair and rising above my own biases in my analysis.

I've particularly specialised in publishing thorough guides to each election, including informative maps for each electorate as well as candidate lists, past results and the history and geography of the seat. I've now published such a guide for every state and federal election since 2010. These guides have also been popular places to have discussions about a specific electorate in the comments sections.

I've also been publishing boundary maps for every Australian state and territory electoral redistribution over the last decade, as well as local government boundaries for most of the country and ward maps for Australia's four biggest states.

More recently, I began compiling results from various state and local elections and publishing the results in an easy-to-use format, in my data repository . A lot of these results are hard to access, published as PDFs or even image files. I've aimed to publish them in a single spreadsheet, with matching files listing the polling places with latitudes and longitudes (often not provided by the electoral commission), and full lists of candidates.

Of course I also provide my own analysis and coverage of results, but the niche for this website has always been providing this foundational data which can help everyone do better work analysing elections.

This work was not previously sustainable. In the long run I wasn't going to be able to keep up this work with the level of support I had at the end of 2017.

After a big push in late 2017 and early 2018 I now have enough donors to take the occasional day off from my day job to work on my various electoral projects. In particular, it is allowing me to keep up with the fickle timelines set by elections - more donors will allow me to ensure the guide to the next federal election is done well in advance, in case the election is called early.

I am now publishing my guides to the upcoming federal, NSW and Victorian elections - one seat per day (and if you sign up as a patron for $5 or more per month, you can nominate a seat to be prioritised).

Support from my patrons has allowed me to complete these guides ahead of schedule, and further patronage will allow me to take on more ambitious goals. I am currently completing a collection of recent election results as clean complete datasets (and I'd like to dive back into the history books to expand this collection), and I'm seeking more donors to allow me to run an elections podcast.

Every dollar helps me achieve this goal!

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Tiers
Thank you
$1 or more per month
Every dollar helps, particularly when I know it'll come every month.
Insiders circle
$5 or more per month
For those donors giving $5 or more per month, I'll send you updates at least once a month on what I'm currently working on, and upcoming priorities.


When I am releasing new datasets (for example, candidate lists, electoral boundary maps, or fresh inclusions in the data repository) I will share this with these donors first.


NEW: Nominate one electorate for the federal election, Victorian state election or NSW state election and I will aim to complete my guide to that electorate within the next week (excluding federal seats in Victoria, SA or ACT). 

Making a big difference!
$20 or more per month
Giving $20 per month will make a big difference in terms of allowing this website to grow and do more stuff.


In addition to being included in the insiders circle, I will include the names of people giving $20 or more on the 'about' page as a thank you, and also include you in my thank yous when I release my next big project (eg. an election guide).