14 088 260 Australians were enrolled to vote for the 2010 federal election (this includes 17 year olds who turned 18 before or on election day).
1 522 991 Australians aged 18 to 24 years were enrolled to vote for the 2010 federal election.
Nominations Key Facts
1198 candidates nominated for the 2010 federal election.
849 candidates nominated for the House of Representatives.
349 candidates nominated for the Senate.
Polling arrangement estimates
There were approximately 7 700 polling places around Australia on election day.
There were over 500 early voting centres around Australia.
Voting services were available at diplomatic missions overseas.
38 mobile polling teams visited almost 400 remote locations across Australia.
450 mobile teams visited over 2 400 special hospitals.
Information explaining how to vote in 21 languages was available at every polling place.
Election resources estimates
Over 43 million ballot papers were printed.
Over 50 000 ballot boxes were produced.
Over 150 000 voting screens were produced.
Approximately 14 000 recycling bins were produced (including items recovered for re-use after the 2007 federal election).
Approximately 100 000 pencils were required.
Approximately 140 kilometres of string were required.
Approximately 8 million households received the 'Your official guide to the 2010 federal election'. The guide was also published in audio, E-text and braille formats.
Approximately 70 000 temporary staff were employed.
Approximately 500 election call centre operators were trained.
The election call centre operated from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, and 7am to 9pm on election day.
The 2010 federal election cost over $100 million, plus public funding payments of approximately $60 million.
The public funding for candidates if they achieve at least 4% of the formal first preference vote was $2.31.
National Tally Room
It took the AEC approximately 15 days to set up the National Tally Room (NTR).
It took 120 electoral commission staff to run the NTR.
There were approximately 100 computer terminals operating on election night.
15km of data cable were required for networking.
Up to 650 amps were required to run the NTR.
Virtual Tally Room
The Virtual Tally Room contained 1 200 pages on election night.
Results were updated regularly on election night and in the post election period.
Geographically, Wentworth is the smallest division in Australia.
Geographically, Durack is the largest division in Australia.
The AEC acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters, culture and community. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.