Consecutive sequence of numbers. Above the line. For an above the line vote ( ATL), voters are instructed to consecutively number at least 6. The Scrutineers Handbook; What’s new at this election? This handbook is published by the AEC, the Commonwealth agency that maintains. Scrutineers Handbook: Appendix 2: Postal voting be made online through the AEC’s Postal Voting Application or via a paper form and must.

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The reckoning of Indi: What took so long?

A scrutineer has the right to challenge the admission or scrutineerw of any ballot paper at the scrutiny. The preliminary scrutiny of declaration vote envelopes determines which declaration votes are admissible and can proceed to further scrutiny. After completion of each parcel the divisional staff then enter the totals for that parcel into the national computerised Election Management System, which in turn updates the Virtual Tally Room VTR on the AEC website.

On the completion of the count of first preferences for the House of Representatives at each polling place, the officer-in-charge must, as directed by the relevant AEO, conduct an indicative distribution of preferences on a two candidate-preferred basis.

In this election 2, absentee, hwndbook, provisional, 4, pre-poll and 18, postal votes were recorded as being issued for the division of Indi. This caused a delay in two-candidate-preferred 2CP results being shown on the AEC virtual tally room website on election night. At the end of each scrutiny the number of valid votes for each candidate and recorded and compared against the original count.

This is to be done via a security question and answer process, with signature checking as a back-up. Ballot papers issued with declaration votes are inserted into envelopes and sealed.


These votes are included in hancbook count if they were cast before 6pm on Election Day and are received within 13 days after the close of the poll. In the tally room, the action is anything but slow, but timeframes mentioned here are based on my observations of when the information started to appear on the AEC Virtual Tally Room VTR website.

Having worked post election in previous years I must also add that there is a further counting of the wec in the weeks after the initial count on election night. This process started as soon as the actual ballot papers were received back at the tally room in Wangaratta on Saturday scrrutineers. The grounds for a challenge may be the formality or informality of the ballot paper.

This provides an indication of the likely outcome of the election in each division.

The people of Indi can thank our own Sir Isaac Isaacs for helping to establish a system that strives to make every vote count. Each candidate in the election is allowed to appoint one scrutineer for each polling official involved in the counting process. The results are then tabulated and the first preference vote figures for each candidate are telephoned to the relevant DRO. Support an independent media voice.

For early declaration vote envelopes, names are scrutinewrs off the certified list of voters.

PVCs must not be rejected if the security answer is incorrect or not provided, as it is not a mandatory field and does not invalidate the PVC. A postal ballot paper will be accepted for further scrutiny if the DRO is satisfied: As well as ordinary and pre-poll votes cast within the electorate, there are also absentee, provisional, early vote pre poll qec postal votes. At tally rooms all round Australia the declaration envelopes are sorted by electorate, and the number received for each electorate is recorded.


The requirements for the srutineers scrutiny of early pre-pollabsent and provisional votes are essentially the same as those for the preliminary scrutiny of postal votes. The two tests before progressing through formality checking.

If any vote is in doubt it will be looked at by one or two other people to ensure it is a valid vote according to the five overarching principles. Those words from are printed on Australian Electoral Commission AEC posters that scrutinwers the walls of AEC tally rooms throughout the country with the following comment:. Handboo, batch is given to an electoral official who places them face down on a table. The counting of 15, declaration votesof which were deemed to be invalid, has taken approximately five days.

What took so long?

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Cathy McGowan received 24, votes and Sophie Mirabella received 32, votes. No voter details can be seen and the ballot papers are extracted and also placed face down on the table, so voting information can also not be seen. The preliminary scrutiny of declaration votes occurs away from the main counting area of the tally room.

The preliminary scrutiny of early and postal declaration vote envelopes can begin on the Monday before Election Day. The reckoning of Indi: