Australian Electoral Commission

How to make your vote count

Updated: 25 February 2014

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How to make your vote count for the House of Representatives

House of Representative ballot paper

On election day you will receive a green ballot paper for the House of Representatives.

Don't worry if you make a mistake. You can ask for another ballot paper and start again.

Number every box on your green ballot paper

On the green ballot paper, you need to put a '1' in the box beside the candidate who is your first choice, '2' in the box beside your second choice and so on, until you have numbered every box.

You must number every box for your vote to count.

How to make your vote count for the Senate

On election day you will receive a white ballot paper for the Senate.

On the white ballot paper you have a choice of two ways to vote:

EITHER

Above the line

Put a '1' in the box above the line for the party or group of your choice. By doing this, you are using the numbering that group has made below the line on its 'group voting ticket'.

Above the line voting

 

OR

Below the line

Number every box in the order of your choice below the line.

If you choose to vote below the line you need to number every box in the order of your choice.

Below the line voting

Don't worry if you make a mistake. You can ask for another ballot paper and start again.

What is a group voting ticket?

Before an election, parties and groups give 'group voting tickets' to the AEC that show their numbering below the line. You can see the 'group voting tickets' in the weeks before election day at www.aec.gov.au/gvt. You can also see 'group voting tickets' when you vote on election day. Just ask a polling official.

Referendum

At a referendum, you will receive a ballot paper with the proposed alteration to the Constitution on it, followed by a question asking if you approve the proposed alteration.

On the referendum ballot paper, you need to indicate your vote by clearly writing:

OR

Don't worry if you make a mistake. You can ask for another ballot paper and start again.

referendum ballot paper