Two secrets you must know when voting
HOW can you help the candidates/parties you like best to win in the State election, and reduce the chances of those you don't like winning. Here's how:
- When voting in the Lower House (Legislative Assembly) and above the line in the Upper House (Legislative Council) number the three candidates or party you like best, 1, 2 , 3.
- Then number every box making sure the candidate or party you most dislike is numbered last. If you make a mistake, tear the ballot in half ask the election officer for another.
Around 5% of votes cast in Australian elections are not counted and go into the bin because they have not been properly filled out.
And mistakes in numbering the ballot forms can be much higher.
Because our system is highly democratic, it's also complex.
By accident, at least 5+% are binned or go to someone the voter didn't want to get elected - and 5% is often enough to win or lose most seats.
Remember these two facts so you can successfully participate in our democracy.
* Jim Beatson, has been a journalist with some of the world's biggest daily newspapers, including The Guardian, The Washington Post and the Australian Financial Review. Occasionally he has been a member of various political parties over the years. But most of all Jim is a strong believer in democracy.