Palerang Council by-election: 14 May 2011
Results of the By-election
Electors Enrolled on 4 April 2011: 13, 379
Number of Positions Vacant: 1
Number of Candidates: 5
Number of Polling Places: 7
Peter HARRISON declared elected on Wednesday, 18 May 2011.
The results are presented in a series of 3 reports in PDF format:
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These cover the various stages of counting.
Below is a short explanation of the content of each report:
Guide to: ELECTION NIGHT RESULTS
Election Night figures will show the result of counts conducted at each Polling Place on election night.
After voting closes at 6.00 pm on Saturday, the staff at each polling place will open the ballot boxes and count the votes recorded for each candidate. Only the first preference vote for each candidate, ie the number 1, is counted.
Registered Scrutineers appointed by each candidate are welcome to attend and observe in the polling place.
Note that these figures do not yet include any Postal, Prepoll, or other declaration votes.
First polling place results are not expected before 6.30 pm. Results from all Polling Places should be available by 11.00 pm.
Guide to: POST ELECTION NIGHT RESULTS
The Election Night figures show the result of counts conducted at each Polling Place on election night. All ballot papers from polling places are then delivered back to the Returning Officer.
On the Sunday, the Returning Officer will recount all the ballot papers from every polling place to ensure the Election Night count was accurate. This is called the Check Count.
Not all people voted at a polling place on Election Day. Many voted either Postal or Prepoll. These votes need to be counted and included, and are shown in this table as separate categories below the polling places.
The Post election Night figures will therefore show both the result of the Check Count by Sunday evening, and the count of the declaration votes which will be added progressively over the next few days. (Postal Votes can be accepted up to Monday evening after election day)
Registered Scrutineers appointed by each candidate are welcome to attend and observe counting at the Returning Officer's office.
Guide to: PREFERENTIAL COUNT
The Preferential Count (or Distribution of Preferences) is conducted to determine who is to be elected.
The rules for the count and the way it is to be conducted is set out in Schedule 4 of the Local Government (General) Regulations 2005.
A candidate is elected when they have accumulated more than half the votes remaining in the count. If no-one achieves this on first preferences, other candidates are progressively excluded and their votes transferred to remaining candidates.
The candidate with the least number of votes is always excluded, and their votes are transferred to the remaining candidates according to the voters next preference as shown on the ballot paper. If no further preference is shown the ballot paper exhausts.
The votes received by each candidate are then added to their total.
This process is repeated until a candidate is elected or only 2 candidates remain.
Where there are 2 positions to fill, after electing the first candidate as detailed above, the ballot papers are returned to their original first preference order. The candidate already elected is immediately excluded and first preference votes for that candidate are distributed to other candidates according to the voter′s next preference shown on the ballot paper. The count then proceeds in the same way as the first count, excluding in turn the candidate who has the lowest number of votes and distributing those ballot papers, until a candidate has an absolute majority.
Scrutineers appointed by each candidate are welcome to attend and observe at the Returning Officer's office.