The table below is the latest information on postal votes provided by the VEC.
What's missing, again, is that the number of postal votes that have been issued.
Update: 3:00 PM
Having written to the VEC now on five occasions plus one phone call seeking an update on the final number of postal votes issued per district we are still left waiting.. Postal votes closed last Thursday and the number of postal ballots issued per district should have been readily available by now. Even under a manual system this information was available before the poll , under an computerised system and millions of dollars spent the VEC is either unable or unwilling to provide the number of postal ballots issued. WHY? If there is a disputed return this will become an issue in the courts. It is important that all ballot papers are properly accounted for. The provision of this information prior to the counting of the ballot is important. The last thing we want to see is a mysterious undisclosed bundle of 50 ballot papers arrive after the poll has closed.
Those wishing to obtain the missing data and statistics on the number of postal ballots that have been issued as opposed to the number returned should contact :
Glenda Frazer, Manager Election Services
T 03 9299 0590
F 03 9621 1204
M 0413 043 012
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The VEC reports a vague figure of over 200,000 votes issued but for some unknown reason is unable to provide a detailed breakdown figure on each District. Which is surprising as you would have thought that all postal voting applications would have been checked off the electronic voters list before being sent out and as such statistics on the number of postal; votes should be readily available.
The VEC has spent millions of dollars on IT support and this important information cannot be reaily provided. I understand that postal returns are still being processed (even then they are electronically bar-coded) but the number of postal votes issued should have been available. We had requested that this information be provided daily but without success. This information should be on the VEC's web site as part of its committment to maintaining an open and transparent election system.
|State Election 2006|
|District||Early Votes||Postal Votes|
|Albert Park District||3339||2175|
|Ballarat East District||1997||1875|
|Ballarat West District||3952||1975|
|Bendigo East District||3019||1875|
|Bendigo West District||2173||2049|
|Box Hill District||1606||2850|
|Ferntree Gully District||2823||2250|
|Forest Hill District||1634||2150|
|Gippsland East District||3472||1328|
|Gippsland South District||2238||1175|
|Mill Park District||1645||1175|
|Mount Waverley District||2506||2750|
|Murray Valley District||5958||800|
|Narre Warren North District||1900||2175|
|Narre Warren South District||2574||2950|
|Pascoe Vale District||1514||1450|
|South Barwon District||2549||2499|
|South-West Coast District||7059||1600|
|Swan Hill District||2353||949|
|Yan Yean District||2720||1976|
We will keep you posted.