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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This process started as soon as the actual ballot papers were received back at the tally room in Wangaratta on Saturday night. These are known as declaration votes.

An absent vote is a vote cast by an elector out of their home division but still within their home state or territory on election day.

In Indi there were up to 24 AEC officials counting and dcrutineers votes and at times plus scrutineers overlooking the process.

September 20, at Support No Fibs Citizen Journalism. The reckoning of Indi: Twice on Election Night scrutkneers twice in the post Poll count. 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.

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Each vote is re-checked twice. The five overarching principles that must be considered when interpreting the numbers on any ballot paper that has passed the initial two tests are: September 18, at At tally rooms all round Australia the declaration envelopes are sorted by electorate, and the number received for each electorate is recorded.

In this election 2, absentee, 1, provisional, 4, pre-poll and 18, postal votes were recorded as being issued for the division of Indi. 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:. So before your vote is boxed up and put away it is checked at least four times.


Once all ballot papers in that parcel have been extracted, only then can the counting of those votes commence in the following manner:. This is to be done via a security question and answer process, with signature checking as a back-up.

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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. Early and postal declaration vote envelopes are checked to ensure they have been signed by the voter.

For this reason, the counting of postal votes is an ongoing process for up to 13 days after Election Day. I have been impressed with the AEC system of drawing members from the public at large to assist in Polling Stations, Pre Poll and the count at all stages.

On election night, the counting scrutijeers ordinary votes begins in each polling place immediately after the poll closes at 6pm on election day. The preliminary scrutiny of declaration vote envelopes determines which declaration votes are admissible and can proceed to further scrutiny. Ballots bundled after counting. Support an independent media voice. Alan – Gold Coast says: For further information on the formality of votes, refer to http: Having worked post election in previous years I must scrutineeers add that there is a further counting of the votes in the weeks after the initial count on election night.

Subsequent preferrencial counts 6? 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.

That initial count should take less than 2 hours.

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The two ac before progressing through formality checking. This assists the DRO to begin the further scrutiny of these types of declaration votes promptly after Election Day. On election night, polling officials are required to complete four main tasks after the close of polls: If an envelope is adc or missing a ballot paper a record is made of a missing ballot paper. Declaration votes received on behalf of divisions in another state scrutlneers territory are sent to that state or territory and then are distributed to the relevant divisions.


A declaration pre-poll vote is a vote made at a pre poll voting centre outside the electorate where the voter is enrolled. On completion of each batch, the envelopes and ballot papers are placed scrutieers into a central location in separate boxes. PVCs must not be rejected if dcrutineers security answer is incorrect or not provided, as it is not a mandatory field and does not invalidate the PVC.

Once declaration votes pass the preliminary scrutiny they are parceled up and taken to the counting area to be counted. 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.

This decision was made by an electoral official six weeks before polling day, based on historical results.

As well as ordinary and pre-poll votes cast within the electorate, there are also absentee, provisional, early vote pre poll and postal votes. Subscribe to our Scrutineres. 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 Representatives ballot papers is to be based.

Counting House of Reps votes.