How are votes treated that have a line through all candidates and no candidates meets my will.

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Dear Australian Electoral Commission,
People who at Elections put a black line through all the candidates names and put the words “no candidate meets my will” .
How are these vote treated, and is their a special dispensation or catergory for these votes.

Yours faithfully,

William Pankiw

Australian Electoral Commission

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I am writing to request an internal review of Australian Electoral Commission's handling of my FOI request 'How are votes treated that have a line through all candidates and no candidates meets my will.'.

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If a voter draws a line through all the candidates names, and writes ‘no candidate meets my will’, how is this vote treated? Is strictly an informal note or is it even regarded as a vote.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/h...

Yours faithfully,

William Pankiw

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Dear Mr Pankiw,

 

I refer to your emails to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) dated
7 February 2021, and 11 February 2021 via the Right to Know Platform.

 

Please find attached a letter from AEC in response to your purported
request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act), and request
for internal review. As outlined in the attached letter, your emails do
not meet the requirements for a valid request under the FOI Act, or
request for internal review.

 

Your request does not state that it is a request for the purposes of the
FOI Act. In addition, your request is framed as a series of questions and
it is not clear what document/s you are requesting from the information
you have provided.  I trust that the guidance in the attached letter
assists you in making a valid request.

 

Kind regards

 

Emma

 

Emma Rostron | Director (A/g)

Legal Services Section | Legal & Procurement Branch

Australian Electoral Commission

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Dear Australian Electoral Commission,

 

People who at Elections put a black line through all the candidates names
and put the words “no candidate meets my will” .

 

How are these vote treated, and is their a special dispensation or
catergory for these votes.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

William Pankiw

 

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