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Australian referendum, 1977 (Simultaneous Elections)
Constitution Alteration (Simultaneous Elections) 1977 proposed for the second time that the Constitution be altered to ensure that elections for both houses of parliament occurred simultaneously. The question was put to a referendum in the Australian referendum, 1977.
It is proposed to alter the Constitution to ensure that Senate elections are held at the same time as House of Representatives elections.
Do you approve the proposed law?
|State||On rolls||Ballots issued||For||Against||Informal|
|New South Wales||3,007,511||2,774,388||1,931,775||%70.71||800,331||%29.29||42,282|
|Total for Commonwealth||8,242,383||7,605,882||4,648,407||%62.22||2,822,547||%37.78||134,928|
|Obtained majority in three States and an overall majority of 1,825,860 votes.|
This was one of the few occasions that the double majority rule resulting in a referendum with a clear 'Yes' overall majority was nevertheless not carried.
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