Online votes for NSW Council Elections haven’t been counted yet

On Saturday, December 4, 4.7 million residents of NSW were required to turn out and vote in their local council elections being conducted by the NSW Electoral Commission.

By Tuesday night prior to the vote, 215,757 had registered to use the online and mobile iVote system, almost the same amount as used the system in total during the last State Election.

Come polling day, when registrations to vote online closed in the early afternoon, a whopping 652,983 had registered to vote.

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iVote has crashed on election day.

The numbers overwhelmed the system, and it crashed, with the NSW Electoral Commission forced to issue an apology and advise anyone who had registered but been unable to lodge a vote would not be fined.

The move to online voting is in part thanks to a shift in demographics, but also due to an opening of the state after strong COVID-19 restrictions, with one of the eligibility criteria for online voting being that you were outside your local council area on polling day.

With 4,742,509 voters across the eligible LGAs on Saturday, the iVote registrations account for 13.77 per cent of voters.

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However, after manual counting and scrutineering of paper votes on Saturday night, Monday and now Tuesday, the total votes counted and registered in the online Virtual Tally Room for the NSW Electoral Commission do not yet include any of the iVote ballots.

Not a single iVote is yet included in the listed outcomes.

Statistically, like all "booths", it's unlikely the iVotes vary greatly from the majority already counted, but if there is any anomaly, it won't be seen until tomorrow with the NSW Electoral Commission confirming to Nine News that iVotes would be included sometime on Wednesday.

The votes that should be easiest to tally are seemingly taking the longest to "count". Not a great sign for the future of any digital elections we might envisage.

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