Australia’s much-admired, manual system of federal elections has one of the most complex and time-consuming counting operations in the world. While it can at times require patience, the federal election counting process delivers integrity to the results, concentrating on accuracy in a highly transparent manner.
Within AEC walls, election night is considered the halfway mark of a federal election, and for good reason. While election night will see approximately 20-25 million ballot papers counted, this is an indicative count, and what follows is:
It’s not just a matter of more AEC staff resulting in a quicker count. It is often the case that at the end of each day all votes in the AEC’s possession have been counted - transport takes time and we are guided by the principle of “right, not rushed”.
Key counting processes explained in simple terms.