ON THE DAY

Central and North Burnett Times - - ELECTION 2016 -

So there you are out­side the polling sta­tion – usu­ally in com­mu­nity halls, schools or churches from 8am to 6pm.

Here’s the plan:

1. Evade the po­lit­i­cal party vol­un­teers hand­ing out the bi­ased how-to-vote cards, un­less you want them of course, ig­nore the sausage siz­zle for now and join the line to the is­su­ing ta­ble.

2. A bal­lot pa­per of­fi­cial will ask you the fol­low­ing ques­tions: “What is your full name?”, “Where do you live?” and “Have you voted be­fore in this elec­tion?”

3. You’ll be pointed to a va­cant booth – the green form is for the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the white for the Se­nate. 4. Go into the booth alone and read the instructions. 5. On the green House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives form num­ber your boxes in or­der from your first choice to last. Re­mem­ber this form will de­ter­mine the gov­ern­ment and Prime Min­is­ter. 6. On the white Se­nate form you can ei­ther: a. Num­ber the boxes above the line from 1 to 6 at

the very least or; b. Num­ber the boxes of the candidates be­low the

line from 1 to 12 at the very least. 7. Fold the bal­lot pa­pers to con­ceal your vote and give your­self a sur­rep­ti­tious pat on the back.

8. As you ap­proach the exit, there will be two boxes for your com­pleted bal­lot pa­pers. They will be clearly marked for the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the Se­nate but of­fi­cials will be on hand to as­sist.

9. Put each bal­lot pa­per in the ap­pro­pri­ate box and exit the polling sta­tion.

10. Your work here is done.

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