WANNON voters have bucked the national trend and cast less informal votes at Saturday’s election compared with previous years.
With votes from 102 of the 105 polling places now counted, the south-west federal seat is returning an informal vote of 3.79 per cent.
This compares with a record 5.89 per cent of people voting informally across Australia.
Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) figures show Victoria’s informal vote percentage is running at 4.96 per cent.
The highest level is being recorded in New South Wales, which is running at 7.65 per cent.
Latest AEC figures show the votes of 2907 of the 76,833 people who voted in Wannon were marked as informal.
Wannon’s 2013 informal figure of 3.79 per cent compares favourably with 5.32 per cent at the 2010 election, but is higher than the 2.59 per cent counted in 2007.
Hawkesdale returned the lowest number of informal votes on Saturday, with just two of the 272 people, or 0.74 per cent, incorrectly marking their ballot papers.
Derrinallum was the highest, with 7.88 per cent of voters, or 29 of the 368 votes cast at the booth, deemed to be informal.
A vote is counted as informal by the AEC if it is not marked at all, if it is filled out incorrectly or if it has not been initialled by a polling official. It can also be counted as informal if the ballot paper has writing on it that identifies the voter.