Trialing Paper Ballot Scanning/Counting Machines

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Phillip Sweeney

Dear Australian Electoral Commission,

The document or documents I seek are those that would disclose whether the AEC over the last 5 years has obtained any paper ballot scanning/counting machines for evaluation purposes for the potential use of such machines at a future Federal Election.

Yours faithfully,

Phillip Sweeney

Australian Electoral Commission

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Phillip Sweeney

Right to Known

Dear Mr Sweeney

I refer to your 26 November 2020 1:15 PM in which you request (‘your FOI
Request’) to the Australian Electoral Commission (‘AEC’) under the
[1]Freedom of Information Act 1982 for access to documents relating to
obtaining any paper ballot scanning/counting machines for evaluation
purposes.

I have taken your request to be for documents:

that would disclose whether the AEC over the last 5 years has obtained any
paper ballot scanning/counting machines for evaluation purposes for the
potential use of such machines at a future Federal Election

We received your request on 26 November 2020 and the 30 day statutory
period for processing your request commenced from the day after that date.
You should therefore expect a decision from us by 28 December 2020. The
period of 30 days may be extended if we need to consult third, impose a
charge or for other reasons. We will advise you if this happens.

You will be notified of any charges in relation to your request as soon as
possible, before we process any requested documents or impose a final
charge.

Please note that information released under the FOI Act may later be
published online on the AEC’s disclosure log [2]at
http://www.aec.gov.au/information-access..., subject to certain
exceptions. (For example, personal information will not be published where
this would be unreasonable.)

We will contact you using the email address that you provided. Please
advise if you would prefer us to use an alternative means of contact. If
you have any questions, please contact me at:

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Regards

Owen Jones

Owen Jones | Senior Lawyer

Legal Services Section | Legal & Procurement Branch

Australian Electoral Commission

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Legal Services Mailbox, Australian Electoral Commission

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Dear Mr
Sweeney                                                                                

I refer to your email dated 26 November 2020 1:15 PM in which you request
(‘your FOI Request’) to the Australian Electoral Commission (‘AEC’) under
the [1]Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the ‘FOI Act’) for access to
documents relating to obtaining any paper ballot scanning/counting
machines for evaluation purposes.

I attach my scanned letter to you dated 4 December 2020 giving you my
decision about your FOI Request

Regards

Owen Jones

Owen Jones | Senior Lawyer

Legal Services Section | Legal & Procurement Branch

Australian Electoral Commission

T: (02) 6271 4528 | F: (02) 6293 7657

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This email may contain legal advice that is subject to legal professional
privilege. Care should be taken to avoid unintended waiver of that
privilege. The Australian Electoral Commission’s Chief Legal Officer
should be consulted prior to any decision to disclose the existence or
content of any advice contained in this email to a third party.

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From: Legal Services Mailbox <[email address]>
Sent: Saturday, 28 November 2020 12:28 PM
To: Phillip Sweeney <[FOI #6929 email]>
Subject: Your FOI Request No. LS8304 re evaluation of Paper Ballot
Scanning/Counting Machines [SEC=OFFICIAL]

 

Phillip Sweeney

Right to Know

Dear Mr Sweeney

I refer to your email dated 26 November 2020 1:15 PM in which you request
(‘your FOI Request’) to the Australian Electoral Commission (‘AEC’) under
the [4]Freedom of Information Act 1982 for access to documents relating to
obtaining any paper ballot scanning/counting machines for evaluation
purposes.

I have taken your request to be for documents:

that would disclose whether the AEC over the last 5 years has obtained any
paper ballot scanning/counting machines for evaluation purposes for the
potential use of such machines at a future Federal Election

We received your request on 26 November 2020 and the 30 day statutory
period for processing your request commenced from the day after that date.
You should therefore expect a decision from us by 28 December 2020. The
period of 30 days may be extended if we need to consult third, impose a
charge or for other reasons. We will advise you if this happens.

You will be notified of any charges in relation to your request as soon as
possible, before we process any requested documents or impose a final
charge.

Please note that information released under the FOI Act may later be
published online on the AEC’s disclosure log [5]at
http://www.aec.gov.au/information-access..., subject to certain
exceptions. (For example, personal information will not be published where
this would be unreasonable.)

We will contact you using the email address that you provided. Please
advise if you would prefer us to use an alternative means of contact. If
you have any questions, please contact me at:

email: [6][email address]

fax: 02 6293 7657

post: Locked bag 4007, Canberra ACT 2601

telephone: 02 6271 4528

Regards

Owen Jones

Owen Jones | Senior Lawyer

Legal Services Section | Legal & Procurement Branch

Australian Electoral Commission

T: (02) 6271 4528 | F: (02) 6293 7657

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privilege. Care should be taken to avoid unintended waiver of that
privilege. The Australian Electoral Commission’s Chief Legal Officer
should be consulted prior to any decision to disclose the existence or
content of any advice contained in this email to a third party.

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