Special Senate counts were conducted on 6 November 2017 for NSW, Qld, and WA. The counts followed decisions by the High Court regarding the eligibility of candidates elected at the 2016 federal election.
The Court made an announcement regarding the vacancies in each state on Friday 10 November 2017. Full distribution of preference documents for each count are now available.
The AEC does not have the authority to conduct eligibility checks. Candidate eligibility is addressed in Section 44 of the Constitution. The Constitution is administered by the Attorney General’s Department.
Also, no data source is available to enable comprehensive eligibility checks during elections. Election timetables provide for nominations less than a week prior to early voting.