How counting works
Once you have voted and placed your ballot papers in the ballot box they remain untouched until voting closes at 6pm on election day. The ballot boxes are then opened and the ballot papers sorted and counted.
Candidates can appoint scrutineers to observe the counting of votes to verify that the election is carried out in a proper manner.
How votes are counted in a state electionarrow_forward
Learn about how votes are counted in a state election, including the Legislative Assembly, Legislative Council, recounts and more.
How votes are counted in a local government electionarrow_forward
Learn about how votes are counted in a local government election, including initial counts, check counts, distribution of preferences and more.
A countback election is used to elect a councillor to fill a vacancy, where the vacating councillor was elected under the proportional representation method.
Computer count systemarrow_forward
The NSW Electoral Commission uses a computerised count system, PRCC, in order to verify and count ballot papers.