Our President Lex Stewart did Scrutineering of postal votes on the night of the election at ECNSW's counting centre Riverwood, where the counting shift went from 6pm to 6am.
Inter alia, for the electorate of Strathfield he rescued 142 votes for the Liberal candidate out of a total of 2,591 postals.
The photo shows some of the counting tables in this huge warehouse with the storage racks in the background.
Purple-coloured high-vis vests were issued to Scrutineers, as you can see at the righthand side of the photo.
It can be almost a social event, and Lex had several friendly chats with the many young Labor Scrutineers, most of whom stayed beyond when Lex left at 2am.
But there were so few Liberal Scrutineers present that Lex was able to talked to only one (from Vaucluse branch); the few there at 6pm did not stay long.
On the postals for Strathfield the Liberal candidate moved ahead of the Labor candidate by about 250 votes on a two-party preferred basis.
This demonstrates the vital importance of having Scrutineers present - if Lex had not been present then the Liberal candidate would have got 142 votes LESS!
And at $4 per vote that means an extra $568 in electoral funding for the Liberal party!
Sometimes seats are won or lost by margins of less than 142 votes.
The official total number of postals for Strathfield was 2,873, so 282 postals must have arrived on the Monday, Tuesday andWednesday after the election.
The Liberal candidate got 48% of the postals, and the 4% of CDP votes would have mainly preferenced him, so we see that the Liberal Candidate got well over 50% of the postal votes.
The Labor candidate got only 37% of the postal votes but went on to win the seat.
On election night the Labor candidate in Strathfield was ahead by only about 500 votes (two-party preferred).
But when counting finished, the official figure is that she won by 1,524 votes, and that seems to be an unusually large swing to Labor during counting.
A similar thing occured for Gosford, where on election night the Labor candidate was ahead by only 53 votes, but the final official figure is a margin of 797 votes.
If Liberal Scrutineers had been present during the many different phases of counting (they were not) then the results could have been different."