HerVote

How To Preference: A Guide To Understanding

A straightforward guide to one of the more complicated aspects of voting.

By Lara Robertson

HerVote

A straightforward guide to one of the more complicated aspects of voting.

By Lara Robertson

Voting in Australian elections isn’t as simple as ticking a box on a ballot paper. In fact, if you tick a box you’ve just wasted your vote! It will be declared informal. 

Australia uses a preferential voting system, which means voters number candidates on the ballot paper in order of their preference. This means placing a number ‘1’ next to the candidate you most want to see elected and numbering the remaining candidates in order of preference.

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