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Balmain - 1880 (Roll: 3,221)
Nominations: Wednesday, 17 November 1880, Polling: Friday, 19 November 1880
Candidate Votes Votes %
Elkington, Albert 568 24.62
Garrard, Jacob (Elected) 789 34.20
Mossman, Charles 173 7.50
Taylor, John 777 33.68
Formal Votes 2,307
Informal Votes 76 3.19
Total Votes / Turnout 2,383 73.98
Persons Voting / Turnout 2,383 73.98
Notes: Daily Telegraph 24 November 1880, p.2 col.5, carried a story on the strange case of the high informal vote. The report stated that 60 ballots had all names crossed out but had the words 'I Vote for Taylor' written across the ballot. These ballots were declared informal, the Telegraph making the point that had these been allowed, Taylor would have defeated Garrard.
Source: Report of nominations SMH 18 November 1880, p.8 col.2-4, though it should be noted the report incorrectly refers to 'Alfred' Elkington. Reslts, SMH 20 November, p.10 col.4 including booth details.