Election fades from voters' minds but counting continues

IT'S Australia's biggest logistical exercise - with the exception of war.

And now, Federal Election work has come to an end in Flynn, with the official declaration of the poll.

But the work isn't finished for those at the Gladstone Australian Electoral Commission office, with at least another five weeks of recounting.

But it was divisional returning officer Jane Donnelly's official duty to declare the poll for the House of Representatives, with the two-candidate preferred votes leaving 11,290 votes between Ken O'Dowd and Chris Trevor.

The final numbers showed a 3.02% swing in Mr O'Dowd's favour with 48,399 two-candidate preferred votes to Mr Trevor's 37,109 votes.

Ms Donnelly said running an election was a huge activity.

"Like wartime, it's the biggest logistical exercise that the country operates," she said.

"We had a staff increase, election casuals, 500 polling officials...and for the first time we had overnight support."



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