Here’s a thread for discussion of Saturday’s daylight saving referendum, which I have generally deemed to be outside my psephological ambit. Antony Green has concluded otherwise, providing a plethora of information over at ABC Elections. As you can see at Antony’s place, this is the fourth opportunity WA voters have been given to provide the desired answer. Each time it has been preceded by a trial period, which has been three years this time and one year on the previous occasions. The no vote won the day by 53.7 per cent to 46.3 per cent in 1975; 54.4 per cent to 45.7 per cent in 1984; and 53.1 per cent to 46.9 per cent in 1992. Two Westpoll surveys with samples of 400 suggest nothing much has changed, bearing in mind the high margin of error on April 11 the result was 51-47, while on March 7 it was 57-42.
Tonight’s ABC TV news reported that ticks will be admitted as formal yes votes but crosses will be counted as informal, which hardly seems fair. The proper way of voting is to write yes or no in the box provided. The question posed on the ballot paper will read: Are you in favour of daylight saving being introduced in Western Australia by standard time in the State being advanced one hour from the last Sunday in October 2009 until the last Sunday in March 2010 and in similar fashion for each following year?
UPDATE: Jacob in comments reports Westpoll has the no vote at 53 per cent.
UPDATE 2: And the yes vote is 44 per cent.