How to complete ballot papers

When voting you will be given two ballot papers. A green paper for the House of Assembly and a white paper for the Legislative Council. Follow the instructions below to make your vote count.

House of Assembly Ballot Paper

On the green ballot paper number every square in order of your choice.

Start with number ‘1’ and continue until all squares are numbered.

If you need assistance or make a mistake please see an electoral officer.

Legislative Council Ballot Paper

The white ballot paper is for the Legislative Council. There are two ways you can vote.


Vote above the red line:

  • Place the number '1' in the square for the group of candidates of your choice.
  • You may also put the number '2' and consecutive numbers in the voting squares of other groups of candidates in the order of your choice.
  • Do not mark below the red line.

Voting above the red line means your vote willl only go to the candidates within the group you vote for. 


Vote below the red line:

  • Start with the number '1', and consecutive numbers for at least 12 candidates.
  • You may choose to continue numbering more than 12 candidates.

By voting below the red line you decide the order of your preferences for individual candidates.

Don't worry if you make a mistake. Put a line through the mistake and write the correct information alongside it.  Or, ask an electoral officer for a replacement ballot paper.




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