Today is the last day of the formal local government election campaign before polling day tomorrow.
This will be the last pre-election related story CCO will run. Below we provide information on the election count and how to follow the vote count itself should you wish to do so either intermittently or more intently on Saturday night.
By The Editor
Polling Stations – Saturday 4 December
The polling stations are on a map above. But full details can be found here; https://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/Elections/Find-my-electorate/Councils/Coffs-Harbour#map-wrap
Saturday night’s vote count
The NSW Electoral Commission will be publishing progress results throughout the evening.
Go to the following link then go to results then follow the prompts to City of Coffs Harbour or Belllingen or Nambucca; https://elections.nsw.gov.au/Elections/Local-government-elections/Local-Government-Elections-2021
Or go to Antony Greene’s coverage on the ABC here; https://www.abc.net.au/news/elections/nswlg/2021 Results will be published at this site from 6pm on Saturday 4 December 2021.
How vote counting will proceed
The following is from the NSW Electoral Commission site;
Postal votes scrutiny
The scrutiny of all postal vote certificate envelopes will be conducted at the Centralised Postal Vote Count Centre. This includes:
- scrutiny of postal vote certificate envelopes: this is to determine whether the postal vote is to be admitted to the count – commences Monday, 22 November 2021
- extraction of ballot papers from the accepted postal vote certificate envelopes – commences Tuesday, 23 November 2021.
It is important to note that the ballot papers will be extracted, unfolded, counted and stored in securely sealed ballot paper cartons until 6pm on election night. The votes will not be inspected until this time. The votes will be counted progressively from 6pm onwards on election night.
Election night counting
From 6pm on election night, the initial count of ballot papers for Mayor and Councillor will be conducted as follows:
- all ballot papers in each polling place
- some, but not all, pre-poll ballot papers in each Returning Officer’s office
- some, but not all postal ballot papers received to date at the Centralised Postal Vote Count Centre.
Initial count results will be published on the NSW Electoral Commission’s results page from approximately 6.30pm to 11pm election night.
The NSW Electoral Commission’s website will continue to be updated daily with initial count results until the initial count is completed after the close of receipt of postal vote certificate envelopes at 6pm Friday, 17 December 2021.
The Sunday following election day
No vote counting will occur on the Sunday following election day. Mayor or Councillor polling place counts that were not completed on election night will be completed in the Returning Officer’s office from the Monday following election day.
The Sydney Count Centre and Newcastle Count Centre will receive sealed cartons of Councillor ballot papers from specific councils. Those cartons will remain sealed until Monday when the check count commences.
From Monday following election day
Initial counts will continue as required at the Returning Officer’s office.
Initial counts of the postal vote ballot papers at the Centralised Postal Vote Count Centre will continue until the close of receipt of postal vote certificate envelopes at 6pm Friday, 17 December 2021.
All Mayor and Councillor ballot papers will undergo a check count. This comprises batching, which is counting the ballot papers into bundles of 50 without examining the preferences, and data entry (two rounds of data entry known as Round 1 and Round 2 and a reconciliation process). The ballot papers will be counted using the NSW Electoral Commission’s computer count system.
The check count will commence on the Monday following election day and will continue as required until the close of receipt of postal vote certificate envelopes at 6pm, Friday 17 December 2021.
The check count will be conducted at the following locations:
- Mayor ballot papers – Returning Officer’s office
- Councillor ballot papers for the Newcastle region – Newcastle Count Centre
- Councillor ballot papers for the Greater Sydney region – Sydney Count Centre
- Councillor ballot papers for regional NSW – Returning Officer’s office
- Postal ballot papers – Centralised Postal Vote Count Centre
The list of councils and address of the relevant Returning Officer’s office and/or count centre as applicable can be found on the Count centre locations page.
iVote preferences will be transferred from the iVote system to the counting systems at the NSW Electoral Commission head office, Level 3, 231 Elizabeth Street, Sydney as detailed below:
- First preference votes from the iVote system will be transferred to the NSW Electoral Commission’s Election Management Application (EMA) and will be published on the NSW Electoral Commission’s website from 6pm Monday, 6 December 2021
- Full preference votes from the iVote system will be transferred to the NSW Electoral Commission computer count system (PRCC) at 6pm Thursday, 9 December 2021.
Distribution of preferences
The distribution of preferences (DoP) to determine the elected candidates for Mayor and Councillor can only be conducted after the close of receipt of postal vote certificate envelopes at 6pm Friday, 17 December 2021.
It is anticipated the DoP will be conducted at each Returning Officer’s office using the NSW Electoral Commission’s computer count system from Monday, 20 December until Wednesday, 22 December 2021. The DoP will only take few minutes to complete.
The final count reports will be published on the NSW Electoral Commission’s website (under the Final Results tab) within an hour of the DoP completing.
Any request for a recount must be in writing and lodged with the Returning Officer no later than 24 hours from the final results being published on the NSW Electoral Commission’s website.