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Senate vacancies in WA and QLD

As reported in the media recently Western Australian Senator Scott Ludlam and Queensland Senator Larissa Waters have both resigned from the Senate, creating vacancies. Should one or both of these matters be referred to the High Court, as has been speculated, the AEC will follow the orders of the court as required.

The AEC has no role in determining candidate eligibility. All candidates for a federal election are required to legally declare that they are eligible to stand at the time of nomination.

Determining the number of seats

The Electoral Commissioner will soon determine how many federal electoral divisions (seats) each state and territory is entitled to. This determination occurs every electoral cycle, one year after the first sitting day for a new House of Representatives (current Parliament: 30 August 2016). Read more (+)

The determination is part of a broader process to ensure, as near as possible, that each electoral division has a similar number of enrolled voters. It will be calculated using estimated resident population data that was released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on 27 June 2017.

It is possible for a state or territory to lose or gain a seat as a result of the determination and this would trigger a redistribution process to redraw the relevant jurisdiction’s seats to accommodate the change.

Further information – Does Australia always have 150 federal electoral divisions?.

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Current federal redistributions

Local elections

State and local elections are not run by AEC. If you have an enquiry or didn't vote in a state or local election, please contact your state electoral authority.

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