Election equipment hits the road

Warehouse manager, Adam Hickmott oversees the despatch of council election material.Election equipment is being dispatched across New South Wales as the 2012 NSW Council elections edge closer.
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Staff at the NSW Electoral Commission’s warehouse in Sydney’s south-west have spent the past two months assembling almost 400 pallets of electoral supplies to be sent to the local government returning officers.

“The shipment includes all the polling place equipment, forms and material needed to run the council elections to the same high standard as a state or federal election,” said NSW Electoral Commissioner Colin Barry.

“With ten weeks to go until polling day, we have to make sure the local returning officer is set up in time so all the groundwork can commence before the roll officially closes and nominations open on July 30. In 2008 more than 4,600 candidates nominated for public office so we have a busy time ahead.”

Returning officers will take possession of their premises on July 16 and will spend the first few weeks unpacking the equipment and setting up their offices before opening the doors to the public on July 23.

“They can then begin their important role of liaising with councils, accepting nominations and setting up pre-polling facilities.

The shipment of goods includes 22,000 cardboard voting screens, 16,250 ballot boxes, 500,000 electoral forms, 200,000 envelopes, 18,000 lanyards, 12,000 ballot pencils, 50,000 labels and 6,000 pencil sharpeners.

More than 4.7 million voters will go to the polls in 150 council areas onSeptember 8.

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