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The formal declaration of the poll for each division will occur prior to the return of writs on or before 8 August.
The recount for the division of Herbert concluded on Tuesday evening. A full distribution of preferences is being conducted this week and serves to confirm the final margin as at the end of the recount.
Senate ballot papers securely packaged and transported to Central Senate Scrutiny sites across Australia are progressively scanned for inclusion in the count. Once captured, preferences are verified by a human operator. The entire process is open for observation by appointed scrutineers.
Following changes to the Senate voting system, this is the first election where the AEC needs to capture individual preferences on 100 per cent of Senate ballot papers. Once preferences on all ballot papers have been captured and verified for a state or territory, the AEC will use the same process as in past senate elections to distribute preferences. This includes running the AEC's computerised Senate counting system, amended to allow entry of all preference data.
Once the distribution of preferences is announced, preference data will be available for download on the AEC tally room.