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The 1955 Howland Senate election was the fourth election to the Senate of Howland. It took place on Saturday, June 26, 1955, to elect five of the 15 members of the Senate. A presidential election and elections to the House of Representatives took place on the same day. The five newly-elected Senators, plus the five Senators elected at the 1951 election and the five Senators elected at the 1953 election, comprised the 4th Howland Senate, which existed from August 5, 1955, until August 5, 1957, during the 13th through the 16th Ordinary sessions of the National Assembly of Howland.

Electoral system

From 1949 until 1959, the Senate of Howland was elected under proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote (STV), in which the entire country is a single constituency. Under STV, an elector has a single vote that is initially allocated to his most preferred candidate and, as the count proceeds and candidates are either elected or eliminated, is transferred to other candidates according to the voter's stated preferences, in proportion to any surplus votes.

Candidates

Results

Howland Senate election, 1955: Summary
Party Leader Primary
Vote
 % PV Swing Seats
Won
Total
Seats
Change
  Independence Party of Howland 123,234 30.22 –8.75 2 6 –1
  Howland Social Democrats 91,923 22.54 –2.23 1 5 –1
  Progressives 72,209 17.71 +3.45 1 3 +1
  Christian Democratic Party 68,223 16.73 +9.50 1 1 +1
  Conservationist Party of Howland 12,959 3.18 –1.82 0 0 ±0
  Peace and Freedom Party 8,866 2.17 +1.04 0 0 ±0
  Agrarian Party 8,039 1.97 –1.19 0 0 ±0
  Howland Party of Labour 5,599 1.37 –1.51 0 0 ±0
  Rural and Country Party 3,405 0.83 –1.25 0 0 ±0
  Non-Party Candidates 13,375 3.28 +2.75 0 0 ±0
valid votes 407,832 97.60 +3.99 5 15 ±0
invalid votes 10,020 2.40 –3.99
turnout 417,852 84.38 –0.87

Candidate results

Party Candidate First
Pref votes
 % FPv Result
  Independence Party of Howland Louis Bennett 80,256 19.68 Elected on Count 1
  Progressives Paul Kennedy 72,209 17.71 Elected on Count 1
  Howland Social Democrats Martin Mitchell 70,641 17.32 Elected on Count 1
  Christian Democratic Party Lawrence Cooper 68,223 16.73 Elected on Count 1
  Independence Party of Howland James Parker 30,019 7.36 Elected on Count 2
  Howland Social Democrats Howard Torres 12,232 3.00 Not Elected on Count 2
  Independence Party of Howland Craig Powell 12,959 3.18 Not Elected on Count 2
  Conservationist Party of Howland Roman Robertson 12,959 3.18 Not Elected on Count 2
  Howland Social Democrats Christina Marsden 9,050 2.22 Not Elected on Count 2
  Peace and Freedom Party Harrold Morgan 8,866 2.17 Not Elected on Count 2
  Non-Party Candidate Norma Silva 6,775 1.66 Not Elected on Count 2
  Agrarian Party John Fowler 8,039 1.97 Not Elected on Count 2
  Howland Party of Labour Gilbert Higgins 5,599 1.37 Not Elected on Count 2
  Non-Party Candidate Amos Hansen 4,141 1.02 Not Elected on Count 2
  Rural and Country Party Sylvester Barker 3,405 0.83 Not Elected on Count 2
  Non-Party Candidate Darrin Howell 1,220 0.30 Not Elected on Count 2
  Non-Party Candidate Wendell Grover 906 0.22 Not Elected on Count 2
  Non-Party Candidate Cornelius Hunter 333 0.08 Not Elected on Count 2

Classes

The full membership of the 4th Howland Senate when it was convoked on August 5, 1955, was as follows:

"A" Class Senators
term: 1951–1957
"B" Class Senators
term: 1953–1959
"C" Class Senators
term: 1955–1961
  Christopher Collins (IPH)   Andrew Bryant (IPH)   Louis Bennett (IPH)
  Kenneth Kelley (IPH)   Fred Butler (HSD)   Lawrence Cooper (CDP)
  Marilyn King (PRG)   Carl Hughes (IPH)   Paul Kennedy (PRG)
  Mark Moore (HSD)   Franklin Marsden (HSD)   Martin Mitchell (HSD)
  Sam Morton (HSD)   Micah Williams (PRG)   James Parker (IPH)


Elections in Howland
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