The preferential voting system means that if you vote for a less popular candidate or a smaller party as your first preference, and they do not win, your vote will still be counted towards electing your member. Find more information about the preferential voting system on this poster.
To vote correctly on the smaller Lower House ballot paper, you need to number every box in the order of your choice.
- Write the number 1 in the box next to the candidate who is your first choice.
- If you want to keep voting, write the number 2 in the box next the candidate who is your second choice.
- You can continue writing the numbers 3, 4, 5 and so on until you have a number in every box.
Elections are decided by a method called proportional representation. You will be voting for the 42 members from all NSW.
To be elected, a candidate must receive a certain proportion of votes, this proportion is called a quota.
If a candidate gets a quota or more, they will be elected. If they do not meet this quota on first preference votes alone, they may get a quota from preferential votes distributed from the candidates with less first preference votes who are eliminated. This process continues into all vacant positions are filled.
Find more information about the proportional representation system on this poster.