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The Tumut - 1864-5 (Roll: 1,215)
Nominations: Thursday, 8 December 1864, Polling: Saturday, 10 December 1864
Candidate Votes Votes %
Cowper, Charles Jnr (Re-elected) 414 54.40
Martin, James 347 45.60
Formal Votes 761
Informal Votes 0 0.00
Total Votes / Turnout 761 62.63
Persons Voting / Turnout 761 62.63
Notes: Charles Cowper Jnr was sitting member for Orange and had earlier announced that health meant he would not be contesting the election. James Martin had represented Tumut in the previous parliament, but is not shown as a sitting MP because he had already been defeated contesting East Sydney
Source: Result first reported in a letter, SMH 12 December 1864, p.4 col.5, re-printed in election summary, SMH 20 December, p.7 col.6. This first letter included booth results, pointing out the miners who voted at the Adelong booth were responsible for Cowper's victory. The letter further suggested the Martin government could have avoided this problem by holding the Goldfields South election on the same day. A response published SMH 27 December, p.5 col.3-4, rubbished this claim by citing there were only 39 miner's rights voters at Adelong. The original correspondent responded SMH 28 December p.5 col.2 pointing out these miner's rights voters could not have voted in Tumut as they were not on the roll, raising the point about how many miners were on the Tumut roll.