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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A scrutineer has the right to challenge the admission or rejection of any ballot paper at the scrutiny.

The results are then tabulated and the first preference vote figures for each candidate are telephoned to the relevant DRO. The two tests before progressing through formality checking.

On election day 49, votes handboo, cast in polling places throughout Indi. 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 zcrutineers election. The preliminary scrutiny of early and postal declaration vote envelopes can begin on the Monday before Election Day. But this time the scrutineets on the night was too close to call, and so began a long, arduous process to ensure an accurate count.

On election night the House of Representatives ballot papers are initially sorted by the polling officials into first preference votes for each candidate and informal ballot papers.

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Return to top of page. For this reason, the counting of postal votes is an ongoing process for up to 13 days after Election Day. 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.

Once declaration votes pass the preliminary scrutiny they are parceled up and taken to the counting area to be counted. September 20, at Comments A New Day in Indi says: 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. Early and postal declaration vote envelopes are checked to ensure they have been signed by the voter.

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. The preliminary scrutiny of declaration vote envelopes determines which declaration votes are admissible and can proceed to further scrutiny.


A complete validation of the previous count is undertaken which is rigorous in the approach to accuracy. This ensures a consistent approach is applied to determining whether a vote is accepted or rejected from the count. This process started as soon as the actual ballot papers were received back at the tally room in Wangaratta on Saturday night. Subscribe to our Newsletter.

The people of Indi can thank our own Sir Isaac Isaacs for helping to establish a system that strives to make every vote count.

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

If arc 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. The grounds for a challenge may be the formality or informality of the ballot paper. On election night, the counting of ordinary votes begins in each polling place immediately after the poll closes at 6pm on election day.

No Scrutiners Citizen Journalism. The AEC clearly respects the franchise. 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.

Once all ballot papers in that parcel have been extracted, only then can the counting of those votes commence in the following manner:.

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. Ballots bundled after counting. These people are not AEC officals, but men and women drawn from the public, not active in politics or party members, and who give honesty and integrity to the process. The counting of 15, declaration votesof which were deemed to be invalid, has taken approximately five days.

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. 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.


Each batch is given to an electoral official who places them face down on a table. This provides an indication of the likely outcome of the election in each division. This caused a delay in two-candidate-preferred 2CP results being shown on the AEC virtual tally room website on election night. Support No Fibs Citizen Journalism.

The reckoning of Indi: What took so long?

A declaration pre-poll vote is a vote made at a pre poll voting centre outside the electorate where the voter is enrolled. The five overarching principles that must be considered when interpreting the hanebook on any ballot paper that has passed the initial two tests are: In this election 2, absentee, 1, provisional, 4, pre-poll and 18, postal votes were recorded as being issued for the division of Indi.

So before your vote is boxed up and put away it is checked at least four times. This assists the DRO to begin the further scrutiny of these types of declaration votes promptly after Election Day.

Each candidate in the election is allowed to appoint one scrutineer for each polling official involved in the counting process. Any changes of informal and formal vote totals are recorded and the AEC system is updated with the adjusted totals. This election in Indi has been scrugineers none before in living memory.

Ballot papers issued with declaration votes are inserted into envelopes and sealed. This process took about 24 staff almost three and a half days to fully complete. For early declaration vote envelopes, names are marked off the certified list of voters. Failure of either of adc tests will result in an informal ballot paper and no further formality checking will be required.

The reckoning of Indi: What took so long?

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. At no stage is a scrutineer allowed to touch a ballot paper. For further information on the formality of votes, refer to http: