Election results virtually live

WHEN voting closes at Saturday’s federal election, national focus will switch to live media election coverage.

But the Australian Electoral Commission says the media will get their information at the National Tally Room and detailed results will also be available on the AEC’s web-based Virtual Tally Room.

“On election night, the National Tally Room at Canberra Exhibition Park is a hub of activity with several live television and radio stations broadcasting from the venue and reporting on counting from over 7700 polling places around the country,” Electoral Commissioner Ed Killesteyn said yesterday.

“The results online at the AEC’s Virtual Tally Room at www.aec.gov.au are now the official source of election night results, which will be available from 4pm Saturday 21 August.

“The Virtual Tally Room is available to everyone with internet access and provides detailed progress of the counting of votes for the House of Representatives and the Senate. It will update constantly on election night,” he said.

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