What happens at the polling booth or early voting centre?
Outside the polling booth or early voting centre, you may see candidates and/or volunteers helping the candidates. They may offer you a piece of paper called a ‘how-to-vote’ card. This shows how they would like you to vote.
You do not need to take the how-to-vote card. It can help you decide how to vote if you agree with candidate’s policies. However, you can still vote for the candidate and rank the other candidates in a different order to what the how-to-vote card suggests.
Inside the polling booth, you will see an election official at a table with a list of names. You need to check in with the election official.
The election official will ask your name, your address, and if you have already voted in the election. The election official will give you two ballot papers and will point you to where you should vote.
You will vote at cardboard voting booths. The booths have screens, so no one else can see how you vote. The booths have pencils that you can use to mark your vote, but you can also use your own pencil or pen.
If you need help to fill out the election ballot papers, you can take a support person or friend with you. The election official can also help you. This helper should not tell you who to vote for, and should not tell anyone how you voted.