2012 Heffron By-election Results

State Electoral District of HEFFRON
Results of the By-Election held on 25 August 2012


General

Electors Enrolled on 23 July 2012: 55,712
Number of Candidates: 4
Number of Polling Places: 23

Boundary map and polling places


Result

Ron HOENIG has been declared elected on Tuesday, 28 August 2012.

Detailed results are presented in a series of 5 reports covering the various stages of counting:

Election Night ResultsPDF (PDF)[28.4kb]

Election Night Notional ResultsPDF (PDF)[105.8kb]

Post Election Night ResultsPDF (PDF)[106.5kb]

Post Election Night Notional ResultsPDF (PDF)[106.1kb]

Preferential CountPDF (PDF)[140.3kb]


Guide to: ELECTION NIGHT RESULTS


Election Night figures will show the result of counts conducted at each Polling Place on election night, and the initial count of Pre-poll votes, though may not include all pre-poll votes.

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. The Returning Officer wil also commence counting of Pre-poll votes. 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 and RO office.

Note that these figures do not yet include any Postal, iVote, or other declaration votes, and may not include all Pre-poll votes.

First polling place results are not expected before 6.30 pm. Results from all Polling Places and Pre-poll should be available by 11.00 pm.

 

Guide to: ELECTION NIGHT NOTIONAL RESULTS


Election Night Notional figures will show the result of the notional count conducted at each Polling Place on election night, and of those Pre-poll votes counted.

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. The same will be done for Pre-poll votes in the RO's office. As well as counting the first preference vote, ie the number 1, a notional count is conducted.

A notional count is a count where only 2 candidates are considered.

The 2 candidates, who are selected prior to election day, are considered the most likely to be the winning candidate and runner-up when preferences are later distributed.

For this Notional count to be reliable in forecasting the result, the 2 candidates selected must ultimately turn out to be the last 2 candidates when the real Distribution of Preference count is conducted on the Thursday after the election.

Each ballot paper is allocated to one of these 2 candidates, based on whichever has the highest preference. Any ballot paper with no preference for either candidate is termed exhausted.

This process replicates the last stage of the distribution of preferences, where all but 2 candidates have been excluded.

Note that these figures do not yet include any Postal, iVote, or other declaration votes, and may not include all Pre-poll votes.

Registered Scrutineers appointed by each candidate are welcome to attend and observe.

First notional results are not expected before 6.30 pm. Results from all Polling Places and Pre-poll 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, and at least some Pre-poll votes. 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 and the Pre-poll votes 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 iVote, 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 Wednesday afternoon after election day)

Registered Scrutineers appointed by each candidate are welcome to attend and observe counting at the Returning Officer's office.

 

Guide to: POST ELECTION NIGHT NOTIONAL RESULTS


After the Check Count has been conducted on Sunday of the votes cast at polling places and Pre-poll votes a Notional Count is conducted. (See election Night Notional Results for details)

Some Declaration votes (Postal, any remaining Prepoll, iVote etc) are also being counted and added progressively to the results. As these declaration votes are counted, a notional count is also conducted on these.

Registered Scrutineers appointed by each candidate are welcome to attend and observe at the Returning Officer's office.

 

Guide to: PREFERENTIAL COUNT


The Preferential Count (or Distribution of Preferences) is conducted if necessary to determine who is to be elected. If a candidate receives more than 50% of the formal first preference votes cast a distribution of preferences is not necessary.

The rules for the count and the way it is to be conducted is set out in the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution Act 1902.

A candidate is elected when they have accumulated more than half the formal 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.

Scrutineers appointed by each candidate are welcome to attend and observe at the Returning Officer's office.

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