Results will be progressively updated on the AEC’s tally room from after 6pm on by-election day.
All votes cast on by-election day will be counted on by-election night in the polling places where they were cast. The majority of votes cast at early voting centres will also be counted on by-election night at a central counting centre. A portion of the postal votes that have been received back by the AEC may also be counted on by-election night. However, postal vote counts will only be displayed on the tally room from early on Sunday morning.
If the result is close, we may not know which candidate wins the seat of Aston for a number of days or weeks. The AEC endeavours to provide results data as early as we can to enable people to hypothesise on the final result but we cannot legally declare seats on by-election night. To declare the result formally the margin in the contest has to be bigger than the total number of votes potentially left to be counted and a mandatory secondary count of every ballot paper has to have occurred.
Our motto is ‘right not rushed’. Clarity on the final result in any contest can come down to postal votes that are legally able to be returned to us up to 13 days after by-election day. Transport takes time.
The AEC acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters, culture and community. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.