19 August 2010

Federal election votes from Australia House London may take longer to be counted

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The Australian Electoral Commission says counting of votes from Saturday's Federal election may take longer than usual because of a high number of postal and pre-poll votes.

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Federal election votes made at Australia House London may take much longer to process because of the increased number.

Australians listed on the current electoral roll are eligible to vote from overseas, and Australian House London will be open for pre-poll voting until tomorrow. Australia House London will not open on Saturday 21 Augusts due to the time difference between London and Australia.  Australians living in the UK who have not yet voted can find further information at the Australian High Commission website here.

Australian Electoral Commission spokesman Phil Diak said the high number of postal and pre-poll votes could have implications for the count because those votes won't be counted until the week following Saturday's poll.

“We have to scrutinise every envelope just to make sure the declaration matches up against the electoral roll,” he said.

“That includes people voting in Australia House, London and overseas.”

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