Delay in counting of council election votes

COUNTING of the votes in Tasmania’s 29 council elections has been delayed due to the number of last-minute ballots returned in this first compulsory election. The Tasmanian Electoral Commission last night announced it had not been able to do the initial work it had planned.

“Prior to the close of poll at 2pm, almost 35,000 additional votes were received for the 2022 local government elections,” electoral commissioner Andrew Hawkey said. “The majority of votes were submitted in person at council offices, with over 11,000 dropping their ballot papers in to southern councils alone. It is now expected that the statewide return for these elections will be over 80%,” he said.

​Mr Hawkey said that due to the volume of returns received yesterday, the initial extraction of all ballot papers from their outer envelopes had not been able to be finished last night as originally planned and this would now be completed today. “It is hoped that the extraction and balancing of all ballot papers will be completed by early afternoon. Consequently, the commencement of counting has been delayed,” he said.

The counting of votes is expected to start with the mayoral ballots this afternoon and the deputy mayoral ballots on Thursday morning. Mr Hawkey said it was hoped that the final participation rates for all councils would be updated either this morning or this afternoon.

No advice was provided about when councillor votes would be counted, but progressive results are expected to be published on the TEC website from later today.

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