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SA Labor appeals against voting boundaries

AAP logoAAP 20/12/2016

The South Australian Labor Party has launched an appeal against the state's redrawn electoral boundaries, saying they would give some voters more sway than others.

SA branch secretary Reggie Martin has told party members in an email that he lodged a Supreme Court appeal on Monday against the new boundaries for the 2018 state election.

The Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission revealed the major shift earlier this month, which will mean almost 400,000 people will vote in a different seat.

The revamp notionally hands four more seats to the opposition, putting it in a strong position to win 25 of the 47-seat parliament to claim a clear majority, based on voting in the 2014 election.

It also means Labor would need a swing of more than three per cent in 2018 to secure a historic fifth term.

Mr Martin says the commission has chosen a different approach for this redraw, departing from the fundamental "one vote, one value" principle that aims for each electorate to have the same number of votes.

"Any shift away from this principle will mean that voters in some electorates will have a greater say than others as to who the state's elected representatives will be," he said.

"This is something the Labor Party cannot accept without challenge."

"I will ask the court to endorse the hard-won principle of one vote, one value as the foundation of democratic fairness."

The redistribution of boundaries is meant to reflect the fairness provisions in electoral laws, which ensure the party that wins the popular vote also wins enough seats to form government.

In 2014, the Liberals won 53 per cent of the two-party preferred vote but they failed to pick up key marginal seats and lost the election.

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