2014 WA Senate election timetable

Updated: 4 March 2014
2014 WA Senate election timetable
Activity Description Date
Announcement of election The WA State Governor announced that the 2014 WA Senate election would be held on Saturday 5 April. Friday 28 February 2014
Issue of writ

Writs for the 2014 WA Senate election were issued.

A writ is a document commanding an electoral officer to hold an election, and contains dates for the close of rolls, the close of nominations, the polling day and the return of the writ. State Governors issue writs for states' Senate elections

6pm Friday 28 February 2014
Postal vote applications open If you are unable to vote on election day you can apply for a postal vote if you:
  • are outside the electorate where you are enrolled to vote
  • are more than 8km from a polling place
  • are travelling
  • can't leave your workplace to vote
  • are seriously ill, infirm or due to give birth shortly (or caring for someone who is)
  • are a patient in hospital and can't vote at the hospital
  • have religious beliefs that prevent you from attending a polling place
  • are in prison serving a sentence of less than three years or otherwise detained
  • are a silent elector
  • have reasonable fear for your safety.
on announcement
Close of rolls

The 'close of rolls' is the date the electoral roll closes for the federal election, as set out in the writs. After this date, you cannot enrol or update your details on the electoral roll for the federal election.

The close of rolls date is 8pm local Australian time on the seventh calendar day after the writs are issued for the federal election.

8pm Friday 7 March 2014
Close of candidate nominations Close of nominations occurs at exactly midday on the date set out in the writ for close of nominations. Late nominations or changes cannot be accepted. 12 midday Thursday 13 March 2014
Declaration of candidate nominations 24 hours after the close of nominations (midday), all divisional returning officers and state electoral officers declare nominations and conduct a ballot draw for positions on the relevant ballot paper. 12 midday Friday 14 March 2014
Close of Group Voting Ticket lodgement 24 hours after the declaration of nominations, Senate groups may lodge up to three written statements setting out a preference order of all candidates in the Senate election for the state/territory in which they have they nominated. These will then dictate the distribution of preferences if an elector votes for that group above the line. 12 midday Saturday 15 March 2014
Early voting commences Early voting becomes available for eligible voters. Eligibility criteria are the same as those for postal voting. From Tuesday 18 March 2014
Mobile polling commences Mobile polling is carried out on or before election day. Mobile polling teams visit voters in locations including hospitals, nursing homes, and remote areas. From Monday 24 March 2014
Preliminary scrutiny commences During preliminary scrutiny postal vote certificates and declaration envelopes containing early, absent or provisional votes are checked to determine whether the person is entitled to vote. No declaration vote envelope can be opened or ballot paper scrutinised before the close of the poll, 6pm on election day. From Monday 31 March 2014
Close of postal vote applications An application for a postal vote must be received by the AEC no later than 6pm on the Wednesday before election day. 6pm Wednesday 2 April 2014
Election day Polling will occur in all designated polling places from 8am to 6pm local time. Polling closes at 6:00 pm sharp, however any voters in the queue at that time are able to cast their vote. Saturday 5 April 2014
Count of votes The counting of ordinary votes begins in each polling place immediately after the poll closes at 6pm on election day. The counting of ordinary votes taken at pre-poll voting centres also commences after 6pm on election day. 6pm on election night, 5 April 2014
Fresh scrutiny or re-check The initial scrutiny conducted at the polling place on election night is routinely followed by a 'fresh scrutiny' or re-check of votes cast. This is conducted by the divisional returning officer in the days following election day and ensures that the count undertaken on election night is correct. After election night
Scrutiny of declaration votes Declaration votes do not get counted on election night. They are counted in the divisional office in the period following election night. Those declaration votes which were cast outside the ‘home’ division, e.g. absent votes, first need to be returned to the ‘home’ division by the division which took the votes.
At the home division, they first go through ‘preliminary scrutiny’ in order to determine whether the person is entitled to vote. If the person is entitled to vote, they are accepted and proceed to ‘further scrutiny’ where the envelopes are opened, the ballot papers removed, and the counting conducted.
From the Monday after election day
Last day for receipt of Declaration votes

All declaration votes must be received (either through the declaration vote exchange or postal votes being returned) in the relevant division no later than 13 days after election day.

Postal votes are included in the count if they were cast before 6pm on election day and are received within 13 days after the close of the poll.

6pm Tuesday 22 April 2014
Return of writs (latest date) The writs must be returned within 100 days of their issue. This is the latest date by which they can be returned but they can be returned earlier.
The new Parliament must sit not later than 30 days after the due date for the return of the writs.
Sunday 8 June 2014
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