Media releases & interviews

ECSA will be distributing media releases throughout the election period with information for the public and media. These will be available from this website that will update as they are made available. 

Media Releases

16 March 2018      - Count and results 16 March 2018 (PDF 70kB)

5 March 2018        -
 Pre-poll & Glynde matter (PDF 70 kB)

28 Feburary 2018 - 
Misleading information to South Australian voters (PDF 84 kB)

26 February 2018 - 
Record number of electors (PDF 32 kB)

26 February 2018 - 
Declaration of candidates and ballot draws (PDF 122 kB)

22 February 2018 - 
Last chance to enrol (PDF 87 kB)

12 February 2018 - 
EasyVote Card App release (PDF  82 kB)

12 February 2018 - 
New voting option for vision-impaired electors (PDF  87 kB)

Interviews

23 March 2018



Deputy Electoral Commissioner David Gully joined Peter Goers on the ABC 891 Radio Adelaide Drive program to give the latest update on counting in the two closest House of Assembly districts of Adelaide and Mawson. With very few votes remaining, Adelaide did not change with only around 70 outstanding envelopes to be opened and counted on Saturday morning with any last minute postal votes returned. Rachael Sanderson (LIB - 51.0%)) leads Jo Chapley (ALP – 49.0%) by 421 votes. In Mawson, Leon Bignell’s lead over Andy Gilfillan reduced by 84 votes following the counting of 526 declaration votes. Bignell (ALP – 50.2%) now leads Gilfillan (LIB – 49.8%) by 110 votes with only a few postal votes expected to remain for Saturday’s final declaration count. The Legislative Council ballot paper checking and batching process continues with just over half of the polling booth checks completed. Added to the remaining 350 odd polling place checks, continuing next week, will be declaration ballot papers form each of the 47 districts, with anywhere between 5,000 to 9,000 per district making up the 315,000 declaration votes expected.

21 March 2018



Jules Schiller, host of the ABC 891 Radio Adelaide Drive program, describing Deputy Electoral Commissioner David Gully as ‘almost a presenter on the ABC at the moment’ welcomed David onto the program to talk with Jules and Matt Dorran about latest counting in the most marginal districts still in some doubt. Jules and Matt look into each of those districts, assess the indicative outcomes and chat about aspects of the campaigns. Latest updates in the checking and processing of Legislative Council ballot papers were provided and David gave an indication of the complexity of full counting process for the upper house following the changes to the method of voting, where many more electors will now vote with multiple preferences above an below the line. David re-joined the conversation to provide details of the current analysis on how voters had marked their ballot papers after Jules and Matt wondered what percentage of voters had chosen either method. A question from listener Liz, regarding information provided by someone that a vote marked from 1 to 6 below-the-line was informal, was clarified by David who identified the difference between the voting instructions under the Electoral Act, which require 1 to 12 to be marked, and the counting rules which allow for a ballot paper to be saved as formal as long as it has 1 to 6 marked on it below-the-line.

21 March 2018



With a number of the ABC 891 Radio Adelaide presenter team all appearing to prefer to fully complete the below the line section of their Legislative Council ballot paper, David Bevan spoke with Deputy Electoral Commissioner David Gully on the mornings program to talk about that and look at the current status of counting in the most interesting districts with close margins. David also answered a listener’s question of why we don’t yet have a state-wide two-party preferred count and explained that with around 13 districts having a candidate in the final two, that is not representing either Liberal or Labor, those districts are still undertaking two-candidate preferred counts. Provisions relating to a recount for any district were also covered with there being no automatic trigger in the Electoral Act for any recounts to be made.

20 March 2018



Deputy Electoral Commissioner David Gully talked with Peter Goers on the ABC 891 Evenings program about further updates as counting continues in the most marginal House of Assembly districts. Details of the initial stages of sorting and preparing ballot papers for counting in the Legislative Council elections were also provided with checking and sorting completed for around 100 of the 701 polling booths. David explained that media predictions of who may be elected to the upper house will only have been done on the basic percentages of the votes counted on polling night and that this does not contain any of the declaration votes yet to be processed and counted.

19 March 2018



Deputy Electoral Commissioner David Gully provided Jules Schiller from the ABC 891 Drive program a further update on the status of vote counting in the five most marginal districts, following the counting of early postal and pre-poll declaration votes. David described the change in current vote figures and how the counting of declaration votes might alter the percentage difference in those districts. The latest changes for Newland and Heysen were provided along with an indication of what may happen over the next few days of counting. The processes of sorting, checking and batching the Legislative Council ballot papers prior to the count process was explained, by comparison to previous events, given the change in the method of voting where electors can choose to mark multiple preferences above-the-line or choosing to mark as few as twelve preferences below-the-line..

19 March 2018



As counting in the 2018 State election continues, Deputy Electoral Commissioner David Gully talked to Sarah Tomlinson from ABC North and West radio about people who might not have been able to vote on polling day and what might happen following the election. David also described the counting process to be followed over the next few days and how the five most marginal districts counts are progressing.

19 March 2018



Deputy Electoral Commissioner David Gully chatted with Alan Hickey on the FiveAA afternoon show about current count status in the most marginal House of Assembly Districts of Adelaide and Mawson. He explained the votes being counted on the Monday in each of those districts, along with three other close contests, and covered the process for checking, counting and processing the ballot papers for the Legislative Council. David described the need to ensure the checking and counting is done carefully, accurately and methodically so that the correct result is obtained. The result for the Legislative Council, due to the complexity of the count, will be a number of weeks away.

19 March 2018



Deputy Electoral Commissioner David Gully joined Ali Clarke on ABC 891 Breakfast to talk about the process of counting votes after polling weekend and which marginal districts will start counting Monday 19 March. The return of declaration votes from all around the State was explained and how those votes need to be returned to the Returning Officers to be included into the count. David explained the complexity of the count undertaken on polling night and how some very minor matters can be corrected on the Sunday during the Recheck counts undertaken by the Returning Officers. The timing of the Legislative Council count and the time needed to complete that process was discussed with details on how that process progresses over the next few weeks.

19 March 2018



Deputy Electoral Commissioner David Gully spoke to Leon Byner on the FiveAA Mornings program about how pre-poll and postal declaration votes are processed and counted to continue the election process and answered a number of questions relating to the conduct of the election and other methods that might be used into the future. David dispelled a couple of incorrect matters relating to payment of polling staff and electoral visitor voting at declared institutions. The continuing counting process in a number of very marginal seats was explained and details of the Adelaide count were provided.

16 March 2018



Deputy Electoral Commissioner David Gully chatted to Alan Hickey on the FiveAA afternoons show about election preparations and being ready to go for polling day. Pre-poll voting records was the story of the day with around one hundred and twenty thousand pre-poll votes expected by the afternoon. David estimates well over three hundred thousand declaration votes will be cast for this election when considering the ninety-five thousand postal votes already issued and an expected one hundred thousand absentee declaration votes on polling day. David explains the timeframes for counting the votes and how results will be received and updated from Election Night right through to the following weekend when the last postal votes can be received, seven days after polling day. Alan asks about how voters should fill-in their ballot papers to make sure they count. Caller Sharyn recounts a problem with her father not being able to vote on the previous day, at a pre-poll centre, and David arranged to assist her to ensure her father gets to “put his vote where his voice is!”. Caller Shirley was disappointed to hear that her husband’s understanding that voting is compulsory for all electors was correct and that her understanding that people over 90 years of age didn’t have to, was not. Caller Anthony asked about how his daughter, who would be working on Saturday as a nurse, could vote and David was able to use the ECSA Website to immediately find the polling booth at Flinders Medical Centre where Anthony’s daughter would be working. Finally, David highlighted the benefit of taking your EasyVote Card or your downloaded Easyvote Card App to the polling booth when you vote to speed up the process of being marked off the roll.

16 March 2018



Deputy Electoral Commissioner David Gully joined David Bevan, host of the ABC 891 Mornings program, to take a few calls from listeners and chat about various electoral processes, such as compulsory voting and how and where to vote if you’ve recently moved or working on polling day. David also details how to fill-in your House of Assembly ballot paper and explains the changes to the method of voting for the Legislative Council and the two methods of completing that ballot paper. A caller asks why we provide pencils at polling booths rather than pens and David describes how ballot papers would not be altered as they are in the presence of scrutineers whenever counted and how they are kept securely by polling officials at all times. Finally, David explains why pre-poll votes are not counted on the night of the election as they need to be returned from all of the dozens of issuing centres back to each of the District Returning Officers before they can be counted – this takes a couple of days. Added to hundred thousand plus pre-poll votes, there are nearly another hundred thousand postal votes to be returned, and these can come back for up to 7 days after polling day.

15 March 2018



Deputy Electoral Commissioner David Gully spoke to Ali Clarke on the ABC 891 Breakfast program to explain the process around election complaints and how a person must not distribute election material that does not comply with, or which is breach of, the Electoral Act. David also covered when parties and candidates can advertise and 48 hour blackout restrictions on television and radio broadcasts under the federal communications law.

7 March 2018



Listen to Peter Greco and Phil Van der Perre from the Vision Australia Radio Adelaide program talk about Phil’s experience voting for the South Australian State Election using VoteAssist at the Royal Society for the Blind’s Head Office in Pirie Street. Phil gives a personal account on his experience voting unassisted for the first time. Phil rates VoteAssist as a 9/10 for useability and recounts how he was able to vote in 15 minutes and how simple the system is to use.

7 March 2018



Listen to Peter Greco and Phil Van der Perre from the Vision Australia Radio Adelaide program talk about Phil’s experience voting for the South Australian State Election using VoteAssist at the Royal Society for the Blind’s Head Office in Pirie Street. Phil gives a personal account on his experience voting unassisted for the first time. Phil rates VoteAssist as a 9/10 for useability and recounts how he was able to vote in 15 minutes and how simple the system is to use.

7 March 2018



Listen to Peter Greco and Phil Van der Perre from the Vision Australia Radio Adelaide program talk about Phil’s experience voting for the South Australian State Election using VoteAssist at the Royal Society for the Blind’s Head Office in Pirie Street. Phil gives a personal account on his experience voting unassisted for the first time. Phil rates VoteAssist as a 9/10 for useability and recounts how he was able to vote in 15 minutes and how simple the system is to use.

2 March 2018



Deputy Electoral Commissioner David Gully joined David Bevan on ABC 891 to discuss voting options for electors who might be remote or travelling interstate or overseas and how they might vote before polling day, by post or visiting a pre-poll centre.

28 February 2018



Deputy Electoral Commissioner David Gully was invited into the studios of ABC 891 to speak with Peter Goers about all things relating to the upcoming State Election. Topics covered enrolment activity and growth, number of candidates nominating, changes to electoral district boundaries, how to find information on where you are enrolled and where to vote, both on polling day and prior to the day if you’re not able to get to a booth. David also provided further information on the EasyVote Card App , assisted voting for Blind and Vision Impaired electors and interesting facts on the number of polling booths and staff employed to ensure everyone gets to vote.

24 February 2018



Deputy Electoral Commissioner David Gully spoke with the ABC National AM program about the introduction of assisted voting for electors who are blind or vision impaired.  This interview also relates the empowerment the VoteAssist system gives to those without full use of their vision, through the experience of Peter Greco, Vision Australia Adelaide Radio Host, who lost his sight at a young age.  Peter provides great awareness on the benefits of the system.

21 February 2018



Deputy Electoral Commissioner David Gully appeared on Vision Australia Radio Adelaide’s weekly show with Peter Greco to talk some more about VoteAssist, the system that will provide blind and vision impaired voters their first opportunity to vote independently at a state election in South Australia. Peter mentions his visit to ECSA, the day prior, to take part in a trial of the system.

21 February 2018



Deputy Electoral Commissioner David Gully was invited onto ABC 639 to talk about the under-representation of Aboriginal voters in state elections and ECSA’s solutions for changing this. Two teams of polling officials will travel to various remote areas of the state to ensure that Aboriginal voices are heard. The remote polling stations will be in available for double the number of total hours when compared to previous State Elections.

20 February 2018



Deputy Electoral Commissioner David Gully was invited onto ABC 891 to talk about the new EasyVote app and explain the solutions for issues that some voters are having with this new electronic platform. Listeners were advised to ensure that they were entering the same name as their electoral enrolment and David also shared a simple way to rectify the issue that some people were having with the date of birth calendar.

20 February 2018



Deputy Electoral Commissioner David Gully appeared on Radio Adelaide 101.5 FM to talk about the ECSA’s latest innovations including the EasyVote app, which is a digital version of the EasyVote card. Other topics included the guidelines for people who are moving house, vote assist provisions for blind and visually impaired voters and re-drawing of electoral boundaries after each state election.

20 February 2018



Deputy Electoral Commissioner David Gully appeared on Radio Adelaide 101.5 FM to talk about the new EasyVote app. David explained that the app streamlines the voting process by providing information including the closest polling booth, lists of candidates and waiting times on polling day on March 17.

16 February 2018



Deputy Electoral Commissioner David Gully was invited to speak on ABC 891 with David Bevan to answer listener questions about the upcoming state election. Topics of discussion included the deadline for enrolling, voting in areas where boundaries have changed, postal voting, the EasyVote app and the two-party indicative vote.

16 February 2018



Deputy Electoral Commissioner David Gully appeared on ABC 639 to talk about the new EasyVote app. David spoke about the text message that was sent to enrolled voters to encourage them to download the app, which connects people to the location of polling booths, the candidates in their voting district and waiting times on voting day.

14 February 2018



Deputy Electoral Commissioner David Gully appeared on Vision Australia Radio Adelaide’s weekly show with Peter Greco to talk about assisted voting for blind and vision impaired voters in the upcoming state election. This service is being offered in three pre-polling locations as part of a partnership between ECSA and the Royal Society for the Blind.

12 February 2018



Deputy Electoral Commissioner David Gully appeared on ABC 891 with Jules Schiller to talk about the new Easy Vote card app, which will streamline the voting process. The app tells people where to vote, how to vote and will provide live waiting times on polling day. Listen to the full interview here.

9 February 2018



Deputy Electoral Commissioner David Gully was invited onto ABC 639 North and West with Sarah Tomlinson to answer questions about the upcoming State Election. Listen to David talk about enrolling by the February 23 deadline, remote voting opportunities and the criteria for postal and pre-poll voting.

3 February 2018



Media Liaison Officer Bianca Zanatta appeared on Vision Australia Radio Adelaide’s weekly show with Peter Greco to discuss how Electoral Commission SA is catering for electors with a vision impairment at the 2018 State Election. Listen to Bianca discuss the trial of electronically-assisted voting that ECSA will be conducting at this election in partnership with the Royal Society for the Blind. 

31 January 2018



Deputy Electoral Commissioner David Gully was invited onto the Breakfast show on ABC 639 North and West to respond to questions about the upcoming State Election. Listen to David discuss the election campaign, candidate nomination process and the issuing of the writs. 

31 January 2018



Deputy Electoral Commissioner David Gully was invited onto the ABC Radio Adelaide Mornings show with David Bevan to respond to a range of listeners’ questions about the upcoming State Election. Listen to the full interview with David here. 

23 January 2018



Deputy Electoral Commissioner David Gully was invited onto The Evening Show with Peter Goers on ABC Radio Adelaide to respond to a listener question about people experiencing homelessness enrolling and voting at the upcoming State Election. Listen to David explaining the special enrolment option for the State Election available for people with no fixed address. 


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