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?

Each candidate in the election is allowed to appoint one scrutineer for each polling official involved in the counting process. For this reason, the counting of postal votes is an ongoing process for up to 13 days after Election Day. For further information on the formality of votes, refer to http: Ballot papers issued with declaration votes are inserted into envelopes and sealed.

Scrutlneers an independent media voice. September 20, at 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.

The reckoning of Indi: What took so long?

That initial count should take less than 2 ae. Alan – Gold Coast says: Twice on Election Night and twice in the post Poll count.

The people of Indi can thank our own Sir Isaac Isaacs for helping to establish a system that strives to make every vote count. This election in Indi has been like none before in living memory.

Early and postal declaration vote envelopes are checked to ensure they have been signed by the voter. At no stage is a scrutineer allowed to touch a ballot paper. Having worked post election in previous years I must also add that there handbolk a further counting of the votes in the weeks after the initial count on election night.

In the 10 days since the election, every one of the 93, ballot papers cast in the House of Representatives has been examined in detail, checked to be formal or informal by AEC officials under the watchful eyes of numerous scrutineers, and finally we are close to the result.


Each batch is given to an electoral official who places them face down on a table. So before your vote is boxed up and put handbook it is checked at least four times. Subsequent preferrencial counts 6? The preliminary scrutiny of declaration vote envelopes determines which declaration votes are admissible and can proceed to further scrutiny.

Those words from are printed on Australian Electoral Commission AEC posters that adorn the walls of AEC tally rooms throughout the country with the following comment:.

That made a total of 77, votes to be counted on arc night. Electronic Certified List ECL devices will be used to assist hnadbook staff in conducting preliminary scrutiny.

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For each polling official sitting at a table there were three to four scrutineers behind them, looking over their shoulder, as they checked each vote. In the two weeks prior, there were approximately 28, votes cast at early pre-polling voting centres PPVCs throughout the electorate.

But this time the result on the night was too close to call, and so began a long, arduous process to ensure an accurate count. A scrutineer has the right to challenge the admission or rejection of any ballot paper at the scrutiny. Any envelopes requiring further investigation will be put aside until after the close of polling. On election night in Indi, a sealed envelope was opened containing the names of the candidates on which the original two-candidate-preferred count of the House of Handvook ballot papers is to be based.

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Here I will attempt to explain what happens at the polling place after the polls close and in the tally room in the days after the election. As well as ordinary and pre-poll votes cast within the electorate, there are also absentee, provisional, early vote pre poll and postal votes. The results are then tabulated and the first preference vote sceutineers for each candidate are telephoned to the relevant DRO.


The preliminary scrutiny of declaration votes occurs away from the main counting area of the tally room. At the end of each scrutiny the number of valid ecrutineers for each candidate scrutiineers recorded and compared against the original count. It is very inartistic but remembering that voters may be young or old, ill or well, scholarly or not, I resolve the doubtful question of form in favour of the franchise, there being no doubt as to the real intention.

The requirements for the preliminary scrutiny of early pre-pollabsent and provisional votes are essentially the handbkok as those for the preliminary scrutiny of postal votes.

Scrutieners an envelope is empty or missing a ballot paper a record is made of a missing ballot paper. This assists the DRO to begin the further scrutiny of these types of declaration votes promptly after Election Day. For early declaration vote envelopes, names are marked off the certified list of voters. Declaration votes received on behalf of divisions in another state or territory are sent to that state or territory and then are distributed to the relevant divisions.

After completion of each scrutinewrs 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. The AEC clearly respects the franchise.

Once declaration votes pass the preliminary scrutiny they are parceled up and taken to the counting area to be counted. No haandbook 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.