This Federal election, the new Senate voting reforms will now require you to vote differently in the Senate, giving you more options. The changes give voters more control over their vote and no back-room preference deals will be done between parties. This means that YOUR VOTE STAYS WHERE YOU PUT IT.
This guide has been put together by One Nation, because they've consistently been asked where their preferences are going. They will be going wherever YOU choose to put them. Under the new Senate rules, we cannot give your vote to someone else.
Understanding How To Vote Cards Handed Out By Political Parties
Political Parties are required to submit to the Electoral Commissions a 'How To Vote Card' for the House of Representatives (green ballot). The House of Reps voting requires people to number every box so therefore, political parties are required to submit a How To Vote card which includes preferences to all parties, even if they do not want to put a number next to other parties. These cards will also be handed out to voters at polling booths on election day and will also be displayed inside individual polling booth desks.
HOW TO VOTE CARDS ARE A GUIDE/RECOMMENDATION ONLY. YOU CAN ORDER THE PARTIES ACCORDING TO YOUR CHOOSING.
Please understand that when you see a How To Vote Card, you can choose to fill out your ballot paper the same way OR you can choose to place the numbers in the order you prefer. Once again, please remember that political parties are required to complete the cards and indicate a number next to a political party, even though they may not agree with their policies. This is the current system for a federal election which is 'full preferential' voting.
Examples of How to Vote papers are below.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (GREEN) - NUMBER ALL THE BOXES
THE SENATE (WHITE) - VOTE 12 OR MORE BELOW THE LINE, or 1 TO 6 ABOVE THE LINE
Remember: If you vote 1 above the line, and your Party doesn't get enough votes - your vote stops there.