Counting the votes

Election Night Counts in Polling Places

At the close of voting at 6pm on Election Day, election officials in the polling places will count the following ballot papers:

Mayor – if there is a Mayoral election, the first preference votes for each candidate and the informal ballot papers will be counted, recorded, and reported.

Councillor - the first preference votes for each candidate, and where applicable, the first preference votes for each group marked in its group voting square will be counted, recorded, and reported.

Referendum or Poll – if there is a Referendum or Poll the Yes, No and informal ballot papers will be counted, recorded and reported.

Election Night Counts in Returning Officer’s office

At 6pm on Election Day, election officials in the Returning Officer’s office will count the Mayor, Councillor, Referendum and Poll ballot papers for some, but not all, other vote types (eg: pre-poll, postal, declared institutions).

NSWEC Virtual Tally Room

Initial count results for Mayor, Councillor, Referendum and Poll ballot papers will be posted progressively on election night on the VTR website.

Check count results will be updated progressively on the website on the days after Election Day.

The final distribution of preferences for Mayor and Councillor, and the final results for Referendums and Polls, will be progressively posted on the website in the week after Election Day.

ANIMATION: What happens in a Polling Place on Election Night?

Recount

Any candidate can request a recount of ballot papers. This request must be in writing to the Returning Officer within 24 hours of being notified of the election result, setting out the reasons for the request and signed by the candidate. A deposit to cover the cost of the recount must also be lodged.

The Electoral Commissioner may, if considered necessary, direct that a recount be undertaken (at no cost to the candidates).