Senate counting

Updated: 11 August 2016

The changes to the Senate voting system mean that individual preferences for all Senate ballot papers need to be entered into the count system – whether the ballot paper is marked above or below the line.

The AEC is using a semi-automated process to conduct the Senate count. This involves scanning Senate ballot papers, optical character recognition technology to capture preferences and verification by a human operator. The content on this page explains the new process through fact sheets, diagrams, video and answers to frequently asked questions.