Forced to vote
LAST Saturday's voting paper for the Legislative Assembly required the voter to number preferences from one to seven.
The voter might not wish to support one or more of the listed candidates in any circumstance, yet must do so to complete a valid paper.
Why cannot we just number our 'real' preferences as desired (within the total limit) and leave blank the boxes for those we do not want to support?
Preferences could still be counted.
This would permit support for those candidates desired, and avoid the risk that an unwanted candidate could receive enough preferences to be elected as a result of the present system's obligations.