Voting Options in Australia Federal Elections 2019

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Voting Ways, Ordinary Voting, Absentee Voting, Early Voting, Interstate Voting on Election Day, Overseas Voting, Mobile Polling, Provisional Voting

The AEC- Australia Electoral Commission is responsible for conducting Elections in Australia. Apart from organizing the Elections in Australia the AEC enables the eligible Australian Citizens to enrol to vote, maintains the Australian Electoral roll. The AEC is offering different voting options for the Australian voters at the time of elections. Depending on the voters situation the Australian voter can opt the voting options provided by the AEC. There are seven voting options to vote in the elections of Australia they are

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Ways to Vote in Australia Elections:

  • Ordinary Voting
  • Absentee Voting
  • Early Voting
  • Interstate Voting on Election Day
  • Overseas Voting
  • Mobile Voting
  • Provisional Voting
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Ordinary Voting:

The ordinary vote or ordinary voting is the voting option which most of the Australians use. Ordinary voting is nothing but, on the Election Day the voter visits the polling place or a polling center and cast his/her vote within the Voter Division where he/she was enrolled to vote.

How to Vote at Polling Place as an Ordinary Voter on Election Day Australia?

As we know the polling day or Election Day will be always on Saturday. The Polling place opens at 8:00 AM and closes at 6:00 PM on the polling day.

  • Visit the polling place in between 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on polling day.
  • After entering to the polling place you will be directed to the ballot paper issuing official.
  • Before issuing the ballot paper the official will ask you some questions to confirm your details.
  • Mostly the questions will be related to your name, residential address etc because the official confirms your name in the electoral roll.
  • If your answers are correct then you will be issued 2 ballot papers.
  • One ballot paper is for electing House of Representatives and the second ballot paper is for Senate elections.
  • Take the Ballot papers and proceed to the polling booth (polling booth is a private space where you can make your decision).
  • Cast your vote on House of Representatives ballot paper and on Senate ballot paper.
  • Fold the House of Representatives ballot paper and drop the folded ballot paper in the House of Representatives ballot box. Now fold the Senate ballot paper and drop the ballot paper in the Senate ballot box.
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Absent Vote/ Absentee Voting:

Absent Voting or absent vote is the vote which is cast by the voter on the Election Day or Polling day at the polling place where he/she is not enrolled to vote, but the polling place must be within the same State or Territory where the voter is enrolled to vote.

How to Vote as an Absent Vote in Australia?

  • Visit the polling place in between 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on polling day.
  • After entering to the polling place you will be directed to the ballot paper issuing official.
  • Before issuing the ballot paper the official will ask you some questions to confirm your details.
  • Mostly the questions will be related to your name, residential address etc because the official confirms your name in the electoral roll.
  • If your answers are correct then you will be issued 2 ballot papers.
  • One ballot paper is for electing House of Representatives and the second ballot paper is for Senate elections.
  • Take the Ballot papers and proceed to the polling booth (polling booth is a private space where you can make your decision).
  • Cast your vote on House of Representatives ballot paper and on Senate ballot paper.
  • Fold the House of Representatives ballot paper and drop the folded ballot paper in the House of Representatives ballot box. Now fold the Senate ballot paper and drop the ballot paper in the Senate ballot box.
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Early Voting:

Early vote or early voting is a voting option provided by the AEC if you are not able to vote on the Election Day due to travelling or away from the electorate where you were enrolled to vote or away from the polling place it should be a minimum of 8 km distance or if you are ill, or if you are hospitalized etc. You can choose this early voting option in two ways one is you can cast vote in person or you can cast vote by post. Before the Election Day the AEC will arrange some early voting centers, where you can go and cast your vote.

How to Vote as an Early Voter at early voting Centers in Australia?

  • Visit the Early Voting Center in between 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on polling day.
  • After entering to the polling place you will be directed to the ballot paper issuing official.
  • Before issuing the ballot paper the official will ask you some questions to confirm your details.
  • Mostly the questions will be related to your name, residential address etc because the official confirms your name in the electoral roll.
  • If your answers are correct then you will be issued 2 ballot papers.
  • One ballot paper is for electing House of Representatives and the second ballot paper is for Senate elections.
  • Take the Ballot papers and proceed to the polling booth (polling booth is a private space where you can make your decision).
  • Cast your vote on House of Representatives ballot paper and on Senate ballot paper.
  • Fold the House of Representatives ballot paper and drop the folded ballot paper in the House of Representatives ballot box. Now fold the Senate ballot paper and drop the ballot paper in the Senate ballot box.
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Interstate Voting on Election Day:

This option is for the ones who are staying away from the home state or home territory but should be within the Australia. The AEC will provide Interstate Voting Centers on the Election Day, the Australian Voters staying from the home State can visit the Interstate voting center to cast their vote.

How to Vote as an Interstate Voter at interstate voting Centers in Australia?

  • Visit the Interstate Voting Center in between 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on polling day.
  • After entering to the polling place you will be directed to the ballot paper issuing official.
  • Before issuing the ballot paper the official will ask you some questions to confirm your details.
  • Mostly the questions will be related to your name, residential address etc because the official confirms your name in the electoral roll.
  • If your answers are correct then you will be issued 2 ballot papers.
  • One ballot paper is for electing House of Representatives and the second ballot paper is for Senate elections.
  • Take the Ballot papers and proceed to the polling booth (polling booth is a private space where you can make your decision).
  • Cast your vote on House of Representatives ballot paper and on Senate ballot paper.
  • Fold the House of Representatives ballot paper and drop the folded ballot paper in the House of Representatives ballot box. Now fold the Senate ballot paper and drop the ballot paper in the Senate ballot box.
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Overseas voting:

The Overseas voting option is for the Australians who are staying overseas. The Australia Citizens staying abroad can cast their vote in Federal Elections in two ways. The first one is they can cast their vote by visiting the Australian Embassy or Consulate or Australian Mission in person and the second way is they can cast their vote by post.

How to Vote as an Overseas Voter at Australian Embassies or Australian Missions?

  • Visit the Australian Embassy or Australian Mission in between 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on polling day.
  • After entering to the polling place you will be directed to the ballot paper issuing official.
  • Before issuing the ballot paper the official will ask you some questions to confirm your details.
  • Mostly the questions will be related to your name, residential address etc because the official confirms your name in the electoral roll.
  • If your answers are correct then you will be issued 2 ballot papers.
  • One ballot paper is for electing House of Representatives and the second ballot paper is for Senate elections.
  • Take the Ballot papers and proceed to the polling booth (polling booth is a private space where you can make your decision).
  • Cast your vote on House of Representatives ballot paper and on Senate ballot paper.
  • Fold the House of Representatives ballot paper and drop the folded ballot paper in the House of Representatives ballot box. Now fold the Senate ballot paper and drop the ballot paper in the Senate ballot box.
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Mobile Polling:

The AEC is providing some mobile polling teams before the elections and on the Election Day. The Mobile polling option can be used by the Australian Voters who cannot make it to the Polling Place. These Mobile polling teams will start before the elections and continue till the Election Day. The Mobile Polling facilities mostly will be in hospitals, remote areas, and prisons.

Provisional Voting/ Provisional Vote:

Provisional Voting/ Provisional Vote is vote which is cast by the Australian voter when voter’s name is not present in the Australian Electoral roll but this provisional vote will be considered after checking the enrollment records.

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Find Your Electorate Online Australia Locate Electoral Division

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If you are wondering to find your electorate or your electoral division then you are in the right place. The AEC Australia is offering different services through online and offline to find and locate your electorate. The first way to find the electorate is online you can do it by visiting the official website. The second way is by visiting the AEC office or State or Territory Electoral Offices and the last one is by phone.

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Ways to Find Electoral Division/ Electorate in Australia:

  • Online
  • In Person at AEC
  • By Phone
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How to Find Your Electorate/ Electoral Division Australia Online?

To find the electorate or electoral division online one must visit the Australia Electoral Commission official website. It is better to check or confirm your electorate before the elections. Here in this article, we are giving some simple steps to find your electorate or electoral division.

  • Visit the AEC – Australia Electoral Commission official website.
  • Select the find my Electorate option from the main page.
  • Find my Electorate online window will be displayed.
  • You can find the electorate of Federal Elections either by electorate or by Locality or Suburb or Postcode.
  • Select Electorate and click on the Find button.
  • Division wise Electorate details will be displayed.

Find Your Electorate online https://www.aec.gov.au/

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How to Find Your Electorate/ Electoral Division by Electorate Australia Online?

  • Visit the AEC – Australia Electoral Commission official website.
  • Select the find my Electorate option from the main page.
  • Find my Electorate online window will be displayed.
  • You can find the electorate of Federal Elections either by electorate or by Locality or Suburb or Postcode.
  • Select Electorate and click on the Find button.
  • Division wise Electorate details will be displayed.

Find your Electorate by Electorate online https://www.aec.gov.au/

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How to Find Your Electorate/ Electoral Division by Locality Australia Online?

  • Visit the AEC – Australia Electoral Commission official website.
  • Select the find my Electorate option from the main page.
  • Find my Electorate online window will be displayed.
  • You can find the electorate of Federal Elections either by electorate or by Locality or Suburb or Postcode.
  • Select Locality or Suburb and click on the Find button.
  • Division wise Electorate details will be displayed.

Find your Electorate by Suburb online https://www.aec.gov.au/

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How to Find Your Electorate/ Electoral Division by Postcode Australia Online?

  • Visit the AEC – Australia Electoral Commission official website.
  • Select the find my Electorate option from the main page.
  • Find my Electorate online window will be displayed.
  • You can find the electorate of Federal Elections either by electorate or by Locality or Suburb or Postcode.
  • Select Postcode and click on the Find button.
  • Division wise Electorate details will be displayed.

Find your Electorate by Postcode online https://www.aec.gov.au/

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How to Find Your Electorate/ Electoral Division Australia by Phone?

  • Call 13 23 26
  • Select Check Voter Enrollment option
  • Tell your given name.
  • Tell your Family name.
  • Tell your postcode.
  • Tell your locality or Suburb.
  • Tell your street name.

Find Your Electorate by Phone – https://www.aec.gov.au/

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How to Find Your Electorate/ Electoral Division at AEC Office- Australia Electoral Commission?

  • Visit your nearest AEC office or State Electoral Office or Territory Electoral Office.
  • Take a Find my Electorate form.
  • Complete the form with the following details.
  • Enter your given name.
  • Enter your Family name.
  • Enter your postcode.
  • Enter your locality or Suburb.
  • Enter your street name.
  • Submit the form to the authorized person at AEC office.
  • Collect the form after checking the voter enrollment details.

Find your nearest AEC Office – https://www.aec.gov.au/

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Federal Elections Australia 2019

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The Federal Elections in Australia are due to be held on May 2019. The 2019 Federal Elections to be held in the month May 2019 to form the 46th Parliament in Australia. The Parliament of Australia consists of 2 houses one is lower house and the second one is upper house. The lower house is commonly referred as the House of Representatives and the upper house represents the Senators. The lower house or House of Representatives of Australian Parliament consists of 150 members whose term will be for 3 years. The Australian Senate has 76 seats out of these 76 seats each State contribute 12 senate seats whose term will be for 6 years whereas each Territory has 2 senate positions whose term will be for three years.

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Electoral System of Australia:

The Australian Electoral Commission is responsible for conducting, organizing the elections in Australia. The Elections in Australia normally will be held in every three years. The Australia Electoral system is a Parliamentary Election system. The Australia constitutes 6 States, 3 internal Territories and 7 external Territories. The Australian Parliament consists of 2 houses one is House of Representatives and the second one is house of senators. To elect the House of Representatives the voting system will be preferential and to elect the senators they follow the proportional representation.            

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Major Political Parties in Australia:

  • Australian Labour Party
  • Liberal Party of Australia
  • National Party of Australia
  • Liberal National Party
  • County Liberal Party
  • Nationalist Party of Australia
  • United Australia Party
  • Common Wealth Liberal Party
  • Lang Labor
  • Free Trade Party
  • Protectionist Party
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Australia Federal Elections 2019 Schedule:

  • Senate Elections in Australia – May 2019
  • House of Representatives Elections in Australia – November 2019

Australian Federal Elections Results 2016:

Party NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT National
Liberal National Coalition 23 17 21 11 4 0 0 0 76
ALP 24 18 8 5 6 6 4 2 69
Liberal 16 14 0 11 4 0 0 0 45
LNP 0 0 21 0 0 0 0 0 21
Nationals 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 10
Greens 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Independent 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
KAP 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Nick Xenophon Team 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Country Liberals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Palmer United Party 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Australian Federal Elections Results 2019:

Party NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT National
Liberal National Coalition                  
ALP                  
Liberal                  
LNP                  
Nationals                  
Greens                  
Independent                  
KAP                  
Nick Xenophon Team                  
Country Liberals                  
Palmer United Party                  
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AEC Australia Electoral Commission

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The Australia Electoral Commission is an independent constitutional body which is responsible to conduct the elections in Australia. The main motive of the AEC Australia is to conduct the elections in an appropriate manner. The main duty of Electoral Commission of Australia is to conduct the elections for the legislative bodies and to enroll the votes across the country and to maintain the Electoral roll transparently. Electoral Roll is authenticated record or a register which contains the electorate of Australia.

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Australian Electoral Commission AEC Duties:

  • AEC is responsible for the enrolling the voters in Australia
  • AEC maintains the Electoral Roll (Authenticated Register of Electorate of Australia)
  • AEC is responsible to conduct Federal Elections in Australia
  • AEC is responsible to conduct State Legislative Elections in Australia
  • AEC is responsible to conduct Territory Legislative Elections in Australia.
  • AEC is responsible to declare the results of the Elections in Australia
  • AEC is responsible to conduct the Elections in Free and Fair manner in Australia
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The Australia contains 6 States, 3 internal Territories and 7 external Territories.  The Electoral Commission of Australia AEC has State Electoral Office in each State and Territory Electoral Office in each territory of Australia. These States and Territories are comprised of Electoral Divisions and each Electoral Division will have same number of electorate. AEC office is located in each and every Electoral Division of Australia.

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States & State Capitals of Australia:

New South Wales   – Sydney

Victoria – Melbourne

Queensland – Brisbane

Western Australia – Perth

South Australia – Adelaide

Tasmania – Hobart

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Internal Territories & Internal Territory Capitals of Australia:

Northern Territory – Darwin

Australian Capital Territory – Canberra

Jervis Bay Territory – Jervis Bay Village

External Territories & External Territory Capitals of Australia:

Ashmore and Cartier Islands – Anchorage

Australian Antarctic Territory – Davis Station

Christmas Island – Flying Fish Cove

Cocos Islands (Keeling Islands) – West Island

Coral Sea Islands – Willis Island

Heard Island and Mc Donald Island – Atlas Cove

Norfolk Island – Kingston

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The Australian Electoral Commission:

The Australian Electoral Commission is an autonomous body which consists of three persons. The Australian Electoral Commission is headed by a Chairperson, one Electoral Commissioner and a non judicial member.

S.NO Designation Name
1 AEC Chairperson Dennis Cowdroy OAM QC
2 Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers
3 Non Judicial Member David Kalisch
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Australia Electoral Commissions:

S.NO State/Territory Electoral Commission
1 Commonwealth Australian Electoral Commission
2 New South Wales New South Wales Electoral Commission
3 Victoria Victoria Electoral Commission
4 Queensland Queensland Electoral Commission
5 Western Australia Western Australia Electoral Commission
6 Tasmania Tasmania Electoral Commission
7 Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory Electoral Commission
8 Northern Territory Northern Territory Electoral Commission

Australian Electoral Officers State & Territory Wise:

  S.NO State/Territory Position Name
1 Commonwealth Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers
2 Commonwealth Deputy Electoral Commissioner Jeff Pope APM
3 New South Wales Australian Electoral Commissioner Warwick Austin
4 Victoria Australian Electoral Commissioner Steve Kennedy
5 Queensland Australian Electoral Commissioner Thomas Ryan
6 Western Australia Australian Electoral Commissioner Fluer Hill
7 Tasmania Australian Electoral Commissioner David Molnar
8 South Australia Australian Electoral Commissioner Martyn Hagan
9 Northern Territory Australian Electoral Commissioner
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How to Vote in Federal Elections Australia 2019

How to Vote in Federal Elections, How to Vote in House of Representatives Elections, How to Vote in Senate Elections, How to Vote in Australian Referendums, Electoral Division

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House of Representative:

In Australia a House of Representative represents an area called Electoral Division. The Electoral Division is created with the same number of voters or electorates. The electorates present in the Electoral Division elect the House of representative of that particular Electoral Division. The House of Representative elected from the Electoral Division will represent the people of that electoral division in the House of Representatives.

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How to Vote in Australia Federal Elections for House of Representatives?

  • Visit the polling place in between 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on polling day.
  • After entering to the polling place you will be directed to the ballot paper issuing official.
  • Before issuing the ballot paper the official will ask you some questions to confirm your details.
  • Mostly the questions will be related to your name, residential address etc because the official confirms your name in the electoral roll.
  • If your answers are correct then you will be issued 2 ballot papers.
  • One ballot paper is for electing the House of Representatives and the second ballot paper is for Senate elections.
  • The House of Representatives Ballot paper consists of contesting Candidates names and empty box in front of the every contestant name.
  • During the voting process you must write the preference number in front of the box present.
  • For example 3 contestants are there then in that case you have select the first candidate by indicating with number 1 and 2 for the second candidate, 3 for the third candidate.
  • You must given the preferential number order to each candidate otherwise your vote will become informal vote.
  • After choosing the candidates fold the ballot paper and drop the folded ballot paper in the House of Representatives ballot box.
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Senator:

In Australia each State has 12 Senator Positions and each Territory has 2 senate positions. The difference between the State Senate position and Territory Senate Position is the term of the senators. The Senator in State term will be for 6 years whereas the Senator term in Territories will be for 3 years. Here in the Australian Elections the electorate has chance of casting their vote to multiple senators at a time because the Australian Electoral System follows the Preferential voting system. Generally during the Federal elections the half of the senate positions in States and complete positions in Territories will become vacant so most probably in the Federal Elections we can expect 6 Senate Positions in States and 2 Senate Positions in Territories.

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How to Vote in Australia Federal Elections for Senators?

The Australian Senate Ballot Paper consists of two parts and these two parts are separated by a dark line. The boxes above the line indicate the parties or groups of the six Senate Positions. The boxes below the line indicate the individual candidates contesting for the senate positions. The electorate of Australia has two choices of voting for the Senators. The First choice is they can choose the parties or groups by numbering at least six boxes which are present above the line and the second choice is numbering at least 12 boxes present below the line.

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How to Vote a Senator in Federal Elections 2019:

  • Visit the polling place in between 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on polling day.
  • After entering to the polling place you will be directed to the ballot paper issuing official.
  • Before issuing the ballot paper the official will ask you some questions to confirm your details.
  • Mostly the questions will be related to your name, residential address etc because the official confirms your name in the electoral roll.
  • If your answers are correct then you will be issued 2 ballot papers.
  • One ballot paper is for electing the House of Representatives and the second ballot paper is for Senate elections.
  • The Senate Ballot paper consists of two parts and these two parts are separated by a dark line. The boxes above the line indicate the parties or groups.
  • If you are willing to vote a senator by Party then follow this procedure.
  • During the voting process you must write the preference number in front of the box present.
  • For example 3 Parties or Groups are there then in that case you have select the first party by indicating with number 1 and 2 for the second party, 3 for the third party.
  • You must given the preferential number order to each party otherwise your vote will become informal vote.
  • After choosing the parties fold the ballot paper and drop the folded ballot paper in the Senate ballot box.
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How to Vote a Senator in Federal Elections 2019:

  • Visit the polling place in between 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on polling day.
  • After entering to the polling place you will be directed to the ballot paper issuing official.
  • Before issuing the ballot paper the official will ask you some questions to confirm your details.
  • Mostly the questions will be related to your name, residential address etc because the official confirms your name in the electoral roll.
  • If your answers are correct then you will be issued 2 ballot papers.
  • One ballot paper is for electing the House of Representatives and the second ballot paper is for Senate elections.
  • The Senate Ballot paper consists of two parts and these two parts are separated by a dark line. The boxes below the line indicate the candidates contesting for Senator Position.
  • If you are willing to vote a senator by Candidate then you have to number at least 12 boxes in below the line.
  • During the voting process you must write the preference number in front of the box present.
  • The numbering must start with 1; you can write 1 for the first candidate and continue till 12.
  • You must given the preferential number order to each Candidate up to 12 otherwise your vote will become informal vote.
  • After choosing the candidates fold the ballot paper and drop the folded ballot paper in the Senate ballot box.
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