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South Australia Electoral Commission

South Australia Electoral Commissioner Kay Mousley

Record Postal Votes For State Election

March 19, 2010

Victor P Taffa

The Electoral Commission of South Australia has processed a record number of Postal vote applications ahead of tomorrow’s State election.

When postal vote applications closed at 5 pm yesterday, the Commission had received a total of 99,500 applications, a 51% increase on the 2006 election figure of 66,000.

The 99,500 postal vote applications represent almost 10% of eligible voters enrolled for the election.

The Electoral Commissioner, Ms. Kay Mousley, said all postal vote applications that had been received by the Commission before 5 pm yesterday had been processed.

Ms. Mousley said anyone who had not applied for a postal vote but would be unable to attend a polling place tomorrow could still apply to vote early through any of the 21 Early Voting Centres The Electoral Commission of South Australia has processed a record number of Postal vote applications ahead of tomorrow’s State election.across South Australia.

The Early Voting Centre locations are on the Commission’s website, www.ecsa.sa.gov.au and will be open until 5 pm today.

Ms. Mousley said that with the high number of postal votes, there was a strong possibility that results of the election could be delayed.

“Postal votes take considerable time to verify before being admitting to scrutiny and we must wait seven days after Election Day for the return of postal votes.”

“As a result, it is highly likely that election results may not be available on election night, particularly in districts where no candidate attracts an overall majority of votes.”

“In a tight election, this could mean the results may not be known until the following Saturday or Sunday.” Ms. Mousley said.

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