Calculation of rejected votes

How were the number of rejected votes calculated at this election?

A whole ballot paper must be rejected if it:

  1. Is missing the official mark of the election
  2. Has too many votes marked on it
  3. Has writing on it that could identify the voter
  4. Is completely blank or ‘void for uncertainty’ (unclear)

If you are allowed to vote for one than one candidate at an election, this means that a whole rejected ballot paper represents more than one rejected vote.  For example, if you can vote for three candidates, each ballot paper will represent three votes.

If a voter chooses to use some of their votes, but not all, the ‘good votes’ on the ballot paper are counted, and the blank votes are recorded as ‘unused’. This number can be quite high, especially for areas where there were a lot of candidates to be elected.  

Last updated: 16/05/2023 12:08:27