Australian Electoral Commission

AEC releases voting preference information recorded for WA missing votes

Updated: 8 November 2013

The AEC today publicly released the information available to the AEC about the voting preferences of the missing votes from the first WA Senate count.

This information is recorded by the AEC as part of standard vote counting procedures.

The missing votes came from one polling place in the Division of Forrest (Bunbury East) and three polling places from the Division of Pearce (Henley Brook, Mt Helena and Wundowie). A fifth category – a small number of provisional votes – were cast in the Division of Pearce and were informal.

Final data integrity checking undertaken prior the distribution of preferences (to determine elected Senators on Saturday 2 November) found that five fewer votes were missing from Bunbury East than had been earlier reported. Voters’ preferences for the 1,370 votes unable to be located, checked, verified or included in the recount are shown below:

Division Forrest Pearce Total ballot papers
Polling Place Bunbury East Henley Brook Mt Helena Wundowie Provisional Count 1
Group  
A Smokers Rights       8   8
C Australian Christians       3   3
D Help End Marijuana Prohibition       7   7
G Shooter and Fishers     14     14
J Secular Party of Australia 1         1
K Australian Independents 3     1   4
L The Wikileaks Party 6     5   11
M Katter's Australian Party 2     1   3
N Family First Party 11         11
O No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics 1     1   2
Q Stop the Greens 3         3
S The Greens (WA) 112         112
T Animal Justice Party 12   9     21
Z Australian Labor Party       164   164
AA Liberal   350 370 166   886
Sub-total formal votes 151 350 393 356 0 1250
Informal votes 80     29 11 120
TOTAL VOTES 231 350 393 385 11 1370
  1139  

National media contact:

Phil Diak | Director Media

AEC, Canberra
02 6271 4415
0413 452 539

media@aec.gov.au