Preliminary Council Election Results

Written by: The Hilltops Phoenix

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IMAGE: Hilltops candidates Marg Roles, Joanne MacKay, Patrick Fitzgerald, Alison Foreman and Mary Dodd.

Saturday the 4th of December saw residential and non-residential electors in Hilltops voting to fill 11 Councillor positions on the Hilltops Council.

The following are preliminary results as at 10am Wednesday 8th December 2021. One hundred percent of the formal hard-copy votes were counted at this time:

CandidateCandidate TypeFormal Votes %
PIPER JohnIND8.51%
ROLES MargaretIND13.10%
HEWSON TonyIND4.57%
NIVEN John3.66%
FLANERY Tony6.86%
ARMSTRONG GregIND4.27%
MACKAY Joanne7.47%
STADTMILLER Matthew13.03%
FOREMAN AlisonIND16.23%
INGRAM BrianIND9.47%
HORTON JohnIND4.02%
DODD MaryIND4.94%
FITZGERALD PatrickIND3.87%

However, the results will not be formally announced until the 23rd of December 2021.

This is because the return of completed postal vote certificates closes on the 17th of December, and the distribution of preferences are conducted and progressive declaration of results occurs on the 21st of December 2021.

It also appears the NSW Electoral Commission has some untangling of the iVote system to do. The Commission discovered that some iVote users were unable to gain access to the system to vote on the 4th of December due to the increased volume of people using the iVote system.

The Local Government Act was amended earlier this year to allow iVote for the first time at council elections, in response to the challenges of COVID-19.

At the 2019 NSW State elections 234,401 votes were cast using iVote. At close of applications at 1pm on the 4th of December, 652,983 votes had been cast using the system since it opened on 22 November.

Any eligible elector who applied to use iVote on the 4th of December but missed out on voting will be excused from paying any penalty. The Electoral Commissioner may also determine, after the elections have finished, that other categories of electors should be excused for having a sufficient reason.

The Commission apologised to any voters unable to gain access to the system due to these issues. A full report on the conduct of the election is required by legislation to be released on their website by May 2022.

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