The count begins at 6pm sharp on election night in polling places across the country. Polling night will see 20-25 million ballot papers counted in what is an indicative count - the start of an enormous counting exercise. Ballot papers will travel across approximately 40,000 transport routes, polling officials will perform mandatory secondary counts and verification exercises against the electoral roll will be undertaken. The entire process is open to observation from scrutineers and has multiple layers of security measures applied. Further information
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