By-election voter questionnaire 

Study. A nationwide study focused on the upcoming by-elections will investigate how Australians vote. 

The Voter Choice Project is the first study of its kind in Australia which will provide participants with questionnaires in the lead up to five electorate by-elections as well as the next federal election. 

The study will investigate how people vote including the motivations and influences behind these decisions. 

“For voters, it is a great opportunity to be heard and say why they are voting the way they are,” says project director Raphaella Crosby, who is conducting the study as part of her PhD through the University of Technology Sydney. 

“Each of the five by-elections are very different and give an interesting opportunity to see different behaviours from a normal election. 

“Braddon is the only true Labor versus Liberal equal weight contest; both Justine Keay and Brett Whiteley are known to the electorate and Tasmanian voters are notoriously uninterested in whatever is going on in Canberra. It may be a tight battle all the way to election day.” 

Registered voters from the electorates of Perth, Fremantle, Longman, Mayo and Braddon are eligible to take part in the first study while all registered voters can take part in the second federal election focused study. Participants will complete three online questionnaires; the first in June, the second 10 days out from the by-election and the third on July 28.

For more information or to register by Saturday June 30, visit www.voterchoice.com.au.

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